On-campus dorm rocked by explosion at Murray State University

(Courtesy: Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call via WPSD)

MURRAY, Ky. (WKRN) – An explosion damaged the side of an on-campus residential hall at Murray State University late Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating after the 4:53 p.m. explosion at the New Richmond College building.

A 26-year-old, identified as Dakota Fields, was injured in the blast. He was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

(Courtesy: Kentucky State Police)

Kentucky State Police say the fire department searched the entire building and it’s believed no one else was injured.

The explosion is believed to have been related to a nature gas release, according to the preliminary investigation.

Roadways near the university will remain blocked off to motorists until further notice.

Structural engineers will evaluate the dorm’s building structure.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.