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Building explodes at Petersburg medical waste facility; 3 hospitalized

Witnesses reported that cinderblocks flew through the area during the incident. (Source: NBC12) Witnesses reported that cinderblocks flew through the area during the incident. (Source: NBC12)
PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

An explosion caused a partial collapse of a building at Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services near the recycling center and landfill in Petersburg, according to the Petersburg Fire Department.

Three people were transported to the hospital, and are in stable condition, after the blast that happened around 2 p.m.

Workers reported that the explosion caused a corner of the building to blow out, sending cinder blocks flying through the air Friday afternoon. The front and back facades of the building were taken out. A car was smashed by falling concrete. 

A witness also saw downed power lines and people running from the building, near Puddledock Road and East Washington Street.

One employee says at least four people were inside when the building collapsed. Other workers say they're just grateful that everyone made it out alive.

Petersburg Fire Department officials say the building is not secure enough for anyone to go inside. Construction crews are expected to secure the building. Columbia Gas says they have crews monitoring the area.

They say there is "no indication of any problems with Columbia Gas facilities" at this time and will continue to work with authorities to check for any leaks.

The investigation is ongoing into what caused the explosion at the facility that incinerates medical waste. 

This area is near railroad tracks, but train services were not be impacted.

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