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We have received word that a firefighter has died in the gas explosion that took place last night in Sun Prairie. Early this morning Authorities held a news conference announcing the death along with injuries to six other firefighters and several civilians. Firefighters responded to the building to investigate a leak that was occurring after a private contractor struck a natural gas main at around 6:30 last night. Shortly after crews arrived, the building exploded, leveling several buildings and igniting cars parked in the area. Smoke from the resulting fire could be seen for miles around the city which sits 14 miles northeast of Madison.