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Selma Convention Center damaged by explosion

An explosion hit the Selma Convention Center on Monday night.

The explosion occurred around 6:30 p.m. and caused major damage.

Interim Selma Fire Chief Gabriel Sharpe said that the explosion caused smoke and fire damage — inside the building. Sharpe also said that nobody was in the building when the explosion took place.

The blast damaged a section of the building — on the left rear corner of the building. Sharpe said it caused structural damage in the kitchen.

The convention center is located behind city hall. People evacuated the building.

A budget meeting was held at City Hall, where the explosion could be heard.

“We’ve got the Selma Fire Investigators investigating what caused the fire,” Sharpe said.

Sharpe said the preliminary investigation is that a gas leak caused the explosion.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.