Multiple people injured in Mansfield restaurant gas explosion

MANSFIELD — Multiple people were injured Saturday evening in a gas explosion at a restaurant.

Tolland County Dispatch tweeted out at around 5 p.m. that they were responding to calls of a gas explosion at a restaurant on Storrs Road.

Officials said that six  people were injured, including two who were listed in critical condition.  Lifestar was called to the scene and airlifted one person to Providence Hospital for their injuries.

Victoria Nimirowski, executive director of the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, was there with her group for a fundraiser event. She said they were expecting about 80 people to attend.  The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry provides charity to Windham and other neighboring communities.

State police confirmed that an explosion at the Spring Hill Inn.  Route 195 between Route 275 Spring Hill was closed and reopened sometime after 7:30.

Fire Chief Fran Raiola of the Town of Mansfield said that the explosion came from the kitchen area. The Town of Mansfield Fire Department, as well as the State Fire Marshal, are in charge of the investigation.