Downtown Durham

Kong Lee and his children, Diana and Raymond, in a photo posted to the Kaffeinate Instagram.
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The owner of a coffee shop who died in a gas explosion in Durham will be laid to rest this week.

Image taken after a gas explosion in downtown Durham.
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The deadly explosion in downtown Durham earlier this month happened after a digging crew hit a natural gas line, leaving the combustible gas to fill at least one building.

Images taken after a gas explosion in downtown Durham.
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The official investigation of the gas explosion that killed a coffee shop owner and badly damaged several buildings in Durham last week is still underway. One thing is clear though, the toll for the city's firefighters was high: nine of them were among the 25 people injured.

The rubble after an explosion destroyed the downtown Durham building.
City of Durham

Exactly 58 minutes before a deadly explosion in downtown Durham, a driver called emergency personnel with the alert of a "very strong gas smell."

Crews worked to clear rubble on Thursday afternoon as fire personnel conducted an investigation into the causes of the explosion.
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The gas explosion that killed one person and injured 25 others in downtown Durham also damaged a building that houses a rarely seen but world famous collection of Porsches.

Kong Lee and his children, Diana and Raymond, in a photo posted to the Kaffeinate Instagram.
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The children of Kong Lee remembered their father as having "the biggest, purest heart out of anyone we know."

Durham is celebrating its 150th anniversary while honoring the victims of a fatal explosion that happened on its birthday.

The rubble after an explosion destroyed the downtown Durham building.
City of Durham

The coffee shop owner killed in a North Carolina gas line explosion was last seen in the doorway of his business after firefighters evacuated his customers and told him to leave, as well, the fire chief said Thursday.

Firefighters surveyed the collapsed building in downtown Durham on Wednesday.
City of Durham

The injury count from Wednesday's explosion in downtown Durham that killed coffee shop owner Kong Lee increased to 16 civilians and nine firefighters, officials said Thursday morning. In addition, 15 buildings were determined to have sustained some damage.

Nick Knittel

Durham police and fire officials confirmed one fatality from a gas explosion in downtown Durham that destroyed one building and severely damaged four others.

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The Durham Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2008, is in the midst of a renovation project to upgrade its facilities. 

The Chesterfield in downtown Durham's Brightleaf District will become a medical research building.
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From tobacco to medicine.

One of downtown Durham's last remaining empty buildings will open for business again, and it's attracting medical research this time around.