(Durham, N.C.) — Police have identified the person killed in a blast that leveled a two-story building in downtown Durham. The Durham Police Department identifies the victim as 61-year-old Kong Lee. Police said he was the owner of Kaffeinate coffee shop, which was located at the site of the explosion.
Police officials said that boring work in the area appears to have caused a gas leak that preceded the explosion. The cause of the blast is still under investigation.
Seventeen other people were taken to area hospitals, including six in critical condition.