The massive fire broke out around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kansas City's JJ's Restaurant, according to reports. Neighbors said they smelled gas before hearing the explosion, which reportedly sent debris flying 100 feet into the air.
UPDATE - Feb. 19, 11:34 p.m.: Contractor struck an underground gas line triggering the fire.
The Mayor has also provided updates about the explosion:
JJ's Restaurant issued the following statement:
Here's what JJ's looked like this morning:
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