Tolland County

5 Injured in Explosion at Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield

Several people were hurt after an explosion at the Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield Saturday, according to Connecticut State Police.

The Spring Hill Inn is located 957 Storrs Road (Route 195), the site of the former Altnaveigh Inn. Officials said at least five people were hurt in the explosion, which happened around 5:10 p.m. Multiple ambulances and LifeStar were requested to the scene, and at least one person was airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

State police said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening but did not immediately provide more details.

Witnesses who were at the inn for an event said they smelled gas before the explosion.

"There was a big flash kind of out of my periphery," said Rick Haverly, of Coventry.  "Kind of had my back to it I think. Then a boom and then a little force."

Fire officials said the damage was contained to the kitchen area and most of the injuries were burns.

The road was shut down between Route 275 and Spring Hill Road.

The Connecticut State Police explosion unit was called in, as well as other local departments.

The Spring Hill Inn posted a statement on Facebook thanking first responders.

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