Body Found in Debris of Downtown Bozeman Explosion

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Authorities have recovered a body amid the debris from a downtown explosion that flattened several buildings.

Bozeman Fire Chief Jason Shrauger said the body was found Sunday afternoon and that the Gallatin County Coroner’s office was working on an identification. Details of how or where the body was found were not released.

The explosion Thursday destroyed several businesses, including Boodles, Montana Trails Gallery, LillyLu’s children’s store and Tolstedt Architects. Other buildings were significantly damaged.

Shrauger said investigators would focus on determining what caused the blast now that the steam and smoke from the debris has diminished.

Bozeman City Manager Chris KuKulski told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that officials were praying for the victim’s family.

“It’s a tragedy for this individual, their family and loved ones,” he said.

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