Explosion at historic Lee Hotel, investigation continues

YUMA, Ariz. – Repairs are underway at the historic Lee Hotel after an explosion knocked out a portion of the wall in the back of the building.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Friday. The Yuma Fire Department says they were alerted to the explosion after the building’s fire alarm was set off.

The building is owned by the Gowan Company and officials say no one was injured.

The explosion happened at the building’s formulation development center where products are tested and developed. The damage appears to be isolated to the room where the incident occurred.

Company officials say they don’t believe foul play was involved but they are conducting their own investigation into the incident.

“Safety is our top priority at Gowan. We are currently investigating the cause of the situation and nobody will be let back into the building until we’ve figured out the cause of the incident. We want to ensure it never happens again,” said Danielle Leeper, company representative.




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