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Canton Rocked by Blast, Ameren Worker Killed

Daylight is exposing the damage of last evening's gas explosion in Canton. Ameren reports one of their employees was killed in the blast, which started when a third party contractor ruptured an underground gas service line. Ameren shut off the gas and workers were making repairs when the explosion occured. 38-year-old Arturo Silva Jr. of Mapleton was killed. Three other workers were injured, and two of them remain in the hospital. Several buildings in the downtown area were damaged. 12 victims were taken to the hospital. Fulton County Emergency officials have sealed off the area around the square.

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