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Police days from deciding on charges in Sun Prairie blast

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Police say they’ll soon decide whether to recommend prosecutors file charges in connection with a natural-gas explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter.

Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting in an explosion. Firefighter Cory Barr was killed as he helped people leave the area before the blast. Eleven other people were hurt. Six buildings were destroyed.

Bear Communications has said the subcontractor VC Tech Inc. was installing a fiber-optics network in the area before the explosion. It’s not clear if it was that crew that had struck the main.

Sun Prairie Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki told reporters during a news conference on Monday that investigators are days away from deciding whether to recommend criminal charges. He declined further comment.

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