The toll of people injured in a North Carolina gas explosion that leveled a building has risen to 25, including nine firefighters.

Durham Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said eight more firefighters were treated at a hospital, in addition to the one who underwent surgery. All are expected to be released Thursday.

Fire officials also released more details about the coffee shop where owner Kong Lee died. Authorities say the explosion happened after a contractor boring along a sidewalk hit a gas line.

Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Chief Bob Zoldos said firefighters told people in the shop to evacuate and got about 10 customers out. He said that firefighters had asked Lee to leave and saw him in the shop’s doorway shortly before the explosion.

Authorities said there’s no indication anyone else was trapped.

Emergency personnel search the scene of a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Emergency personnel search the scene of a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of an explosion and building fire in downtown Durham, N. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of an explosion and building fire in downtown Durham, N. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene following a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene following a building fire in downtown Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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