One dead, seven others injured

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WOIO) – The Youngstown Fire Chief tells 19 News that search crews recovered a man’s body from the Chase Bank explosion site late Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. It’s now believed that no other people are unaccounted for, but search efforts for other possible victims continued Wednesday morning.

Youngstown Police say there was an explosion in the area of the downtown Realty building due to a gas-related issue at 2:45 p.m.

Seven victims were taken to the hospital from the scene. One is in critical condition and on a ventilator, according to Youngstown’s Mercy Health Hospital.

Tuesday afternoon, the Fire Chief Barry Finley believed a man who worked at the bank was missing along with another woman-

“To my knowledge, there’s two people, a man and a woman. We haven’t found either one of them,” said Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Finley at a press conference. “One was a Chase employee, the other one I don’t know.”

Witnesses in the area report hearing a loud boom.

“It sounded like a big piece of machinery like fell flat onto the side street that’s how it sounded,” said bystander Alan Rodges. “And then you got a little shake with it so my initial thought was I’ve been in an earthquake before I was like is this an earthquake because I was very confused there for a second.”

Mercy Health, the Youngstown-area hospital, released this statement on the status of patients:

Youngstown mayor Tito Brown gave his thanks to the first responders on scene of the explosion.

“Everyone who came to help from all over…I want to say thank you from the citizens of Youngstown, Ohio,” said Mayor Brown. “I got so many calls from the governor, the senators, all over.”

“Right now, we are in close contact with local officials to check on the safety of everyone in the building and area. After that, we’ll work to determine what happened and to assess the damage,” said Angela Reighard-Rand of JPMorgan Chase.

Mayor Brown and Chief Finley do not know when that section of downtown will reopen in Youngstown.

“However long it takes,” said Chief Finley.

Enbridge Gas Ohio is also on scene trying to address the issue. They released the following statement:

19 News crews are on the scene.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.

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