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Two workers were injured following an explosion that occurred at a high-rise office building in downtown Atlanta that houses the office of a Democratic senator along with several businesses.
Fox News cited officials with the Atlanta Fire Department and the Atlanta Police Department who said fire crews and officers responded after reports of a person being down after suffering an electrocution at the Atlantic Station Building Saturday afternoon around 3:10 p.m.
Fire officials said when medical personnel arrived, they discovered two workers “suffering from severe electrical shock.”
Authorities said that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) has an office in the building but that the explosion was not connected. Still, an investigation is underway, reports said.
“Our office is grateful to Atlanta Fire and Rescue and all law enforcement who responded today. Senator Ossoff and our team are keeping the injured workers in our prayers,” a spokesperson for the senator’s office said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Atlanta fire officials said the explosion was caused by routine electrical work being done on the 15th floor of the building. The department said the two electrical workers were transported to city hospitals in critical condition.
Ossoff was elected in 2020. Warnock won a runoff election in January 2021 to finish GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term after he resigned due to health problems, turning Georgia’s U.S. Senate delegation blue for the first time in nearly two decades. Ossoff defeated GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Warnock went on to beat Trump-backed former NFL great Hershel Walker last year.
Warnock and Walker held a single debate ahead of the November election where the incumbent seemed off-guard.
In particular, Walker held Warnock’s feet to the fire during an exchange about abortion. Warnock, who is a pastor, advocates for no limits on abortion. Walker is pro-life.
Walker said, “[Warnock] told me black lives matter, and if you think about it, senator, in Atlanta, Georgia, there’s more black babies that is aborted than anything. So if black lives matter, why are you not protecting those babies? And instead of aborting those babies, why are you not baptizing those babies?”
Warnock replied, “I think the women of Georgia have a clear choice.”
“A patient’s room is too narrow and small and cramped a space for a woman, her doctor and the United States government. We are witnessing right now what happens when politicians, most of them men, pile into patient’s rooms,” Warnock said. “The women of Georgia [deserve] a senator who will stand with them. I trust women more than I trust politicians.”
Walker responded: “He’s a neat talker, but did he not mention that there’s a baby in that room as well?”
Walker also attempted to tie Warnock to President Joe Biden’s failed agenda, noting that he had voted with Biden 96 percent of the time.
“Warnock is winning among younger voters and seniors but trails badly among those 40-64,” InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery noted ahead of the election in a statement to Fox 5 Atlanta. “Men support Walker at 60%, while women support Warnock at 55%. Walker is receiving 12% support from African American respondents.”
In the Peach State, there is a run-off electoral system, which is what led to Warnock flipping the seat blue in January 2021 against incumbent Loeffler after she and fellow Republican Sen. David Perdue both failed to secure 50 percent of the vote. Perdue ended up losing to Ossoff. Reports following the election noted that hundreds of thousands of Republican voters who cast ballots in the 2020 elections did not vote during the run-offs.