Several people injured after propane tank explosion in downtown Rochester

(WXYZ) – Several people were injured after a propane tank exploded in downtown Rochester, fire officials confirmed to 7 News Detroit.

We’re told the explosion happened around 8:45 p.m. and video shows several fire trucks and ambulances at the scene.

Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik said they transported five people to the hospital – three children and two adults. Two other people were checked and released on site.

WATCH: Interview with Chief Cieslik about the explosion (Photographer: WXYZ’s Brandon Speagle)

Interview with Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik about the explosion

Their status is not known at this time, but Cieslik said they expect good results.

See surveillance video of a burning heat lamp across the street below:

Surveillance video shows propane tank on fire before Rochester explosion

Rochester police said the propane tank was outside a business when it exploded. Police and firefighters responded and treated three seriously injured patients and several others with minor injuries.

Police say the cause is believed to be accidental and that Main Street will be closed from Fourth to University for several hours until the area is safe for travel.

See video of the scene below:

Rochester explosion

Witnesses at the scene said a heat lamp outside one of the restaurants in downtown Rochester had toppled over and was on fire before the explosion occurred.

Stay with 7 News Detroit for updates on this breaking story.

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