Several people were injured after an explosion at the Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield on Saturday.
Around 5:10 p.m., emergency crews responded to 957 Storrs Road for a report of an explosion.
State police said six people were injured in the explosion. At this time, injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Life Star transported at least one person to Hartford Hospital.
"It was just an awful experience," said Victoria Nimirowski from the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.
There was an event being held at the Spring Hill Inn hosted by the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. There were expected to be around 75 people at the event. According to witnesses, there were only around 25 people inside the building at the time of explosion.
"All of a sudden this wind and whooshing sound, the door flew open and I heard glass breaking and a boom. I heard everyone was running out so I ran out with them," Nimirowski said.
According to witnesses inside of the building, they smelled a faint gas odor before the explosion. They said the people that were injured had burns, but were conscious and alert after the explosion.
"We had been inside for about 20 minutes. In hindsight, there was a smell of gas, but not anything that really registered to me," said Karen Haverly from Coventry.
Mansfield Fire Department said the explosion happened in the kitchen as caterers prepared food for the fundraiser.
"The damage was in the kitchen area, but there was no active fire or sustained fire so the damaged was not severe fire wise," said Fire Chief Fran Raiola from the Mansfield Fire Department.
The Fire Chief said six workers were hurt, two have more serious burns, but everyone is expected to recover.
"It can always be worse. People were injured, but I think we did a good job taking care of them and getting them to the hospitals," Raiola said.
Members of the interfaith ministry said the explosion shook the Inn and their nerves, but they are thankful.
"We are lucky that was the worst of it," Nimirowski said.
Route 195 between Route 275 and Spring Hill was closed while crews investigated this incident. The road has since reopened.
The Mansfield Fire Marshal and State Fire Marshal are investigating what caused the explosion.
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