2 missing, 14 hurt in Kansas City gas explosionhttp://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/20/us/missouri-gas-explosion/
It was happy hour at JJ's when the roof blew off the popular Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant.
"When we got to the scene, we had a fully involved restaurant that had patrons, probably several patrons, inside at the time of the incident," said Fire Chief Paul Berardi.
A natural gas explosion leveled the eatery about 6 p.m. CT Tuesday. Two people were missing and 14 were injured.
One man walked out from the rubble with only cuts and scratches, but he couldn't find colleagues who'd been standing next to him when the blast occurred.
"He was very worried about them," said Jill Chadwick, spokeswoman for the University of Kansas Hospital. The patient gave her permission to relay his story but not divulge his name.
"He remembered the smell of gas, the explosion and the roof collapsing," Chadwick said. "He said, 'There was no door for me to walk through.'"
The blast knocked out the front of the building, and he stepped through the gaping hole.
"Early indications are that a contractor doing underground work struck a natural gas line, but the investigation continues," according to the utility, Missouri Gas Energy.
The fire department suspects no "foul play at this time," Berardi said.