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Gas explosion injures two in Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona Fire District firefighters are seen at the scene of a LP gas explosion in Oak Creen Canyon on Friday morning. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Sedona Fire District firefighters are seen at the scene of a LP gas explosion in Oak Creen Canyon on Friday morning. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

OAK CREEK CANYON -- Two people were injured, one flown to a burn center in Maricopa County, after a LP gas explosion at the Butterfly Garden Inn at the Canyon Market on SR89a in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona Friday morning, according to the Sedona Fire District.

There is no cause for the explosion at this time, because the building is too unsafe to enter, according to Sedona Fire Marshal Gary Johnson.

“The building is not structurally safe,” he said. “The building will have to be shored up so that we can safely get into the building to continue the investigation.”

The Sedona Fire Department received a call about a possible explosion about 11 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, the fire department found two persons with injuries, according to Jayson Coil, battalion chief for the Sedona Fire District.

One injured person was transported to the Maricopa Medical Center burn-unit by air and the other was transported by ground, explained Coil. There was no active fire when firefighters arrived, he added, just a building in a manner consistent with an explosion.

The store is located just before the switchbacks at the top of Oak Creek Canyon.

Johnson said the explosion was a prep-kitchen, adjacent to some other small buildings.

“The next step is to make it structurally sound,” Johnson said of the building. “So we can enter the building and continue with the investigation.”

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