UPDATE: Several injured in blast, fire at Virginia Shopping Center in Harrisonburg

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UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: In an update provided by James Madison University, some additional clarification is coming to light regarding this morning’s fire in Harrisonburg.

According to the update from JMU, the event began with what appeared to be an explosion and continued as a fire that took place in the area of South Main Street around the Miller Circle area.

There are three injuries, all of whom now appear to all be JMU students, are being described as minor.

Two other individuals have been taken to the hospital are not affiliated with the university.

The students involved in the incident were part of a group of around 30 individuals from the JMU Army ROTC Program that were participating in a U.S. Army Ten Mile race in Harrisonburg, when a building within approximately 30 yards away from the start/finish line appeared to have exploded.

The university says that the Counseling Center and Dean of Students have been in communication with those students who were present at this morning’s event and will be offered services and support should they need it.

JMU officials say the incident is still under investigation.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: James Madison University tweeted that one of those injured in, what they are describing as an “off-campus incident,” was a student at the university.


HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Officials said an explosion at a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Saturday morning, injured at least three people.

Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion.

City spokesman Mike Parks said two people were transported from the scene in serious condition and one had minor injuries, according to the Daily News-Record. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was unaccounted for.

Firefighters were still on the scene as of 9:30 a.m. battling flames, TV station WHSV reported.

Harrisonburg, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is a city of around 50,000 that’s home to James Madison University.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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