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Reported Explosion Rocks Downtown Montrose As Smoke Rises

MONTROSE, Colo. (CBS4)- Firefighters in Montrose responded to a reported explosion on Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews rushed to the corner of North 1st Street between Park Avenue and Uncompahgre Avenue just before 3 p.m.

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Firefighters urged the public to avoid the area. Mark Young sent images to CBS4 showing the black plume of smoke rising above the town.

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"We responded to reports of an explosion and the firefighters are working an active fire. It's on North 1st Street and I believe they've evacuated an area around it," said Lindsay Wiley, with Montrose Fire. "This is an active scene. Montrose Fire, Montrose Police Department and the sheriff's office is on scene. I don't have any reports of injuries at this time."

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According to the Montrose Daily Press, fire crews responded to an active fire scene at the Hartman Brothers business. Authorities are concerned about the potential for a larger explosion because of a large oxygen tank in the back of the building.

Hartman Brothers sells medical and mobility equipment at its Main Street and Park Avenue location. The equipment includes oxygen tanks.

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