3 Ohio firefighters hurt in adult bookstore blast
Posted by Nick DuttonĀ - email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An explosion at an adult book store in Columbus knocked three firefighters from the building's entrance to the street and started a fire that led to the structure's collapse.

Battalion Chief Doug Smith says Pat Malone was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns on his hands and face after the Friday afternoon blast on West Broad Street. He was in serious but stable condition.

Smith says Barb Capuana and Dan Whiteside were taken to Mount Carmel West hospital with concussion-type injuries, scrapes and bruises.

Firefighters were called to the Cherry Box book store after construction workers putting in a water line hit a natural gas line. The explosion knocked down a wall and blew off part of the roof.

Smith says the fire is contained and a Columbia Gas spokesman says the leak has been stopped.