FL Gas Plant Blast Leaves 1 dead

Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 05:04 PM gHale

One person died and another badly injured after an explosion Thursday at the MagneGas gas company in Tarpon Springs, FL.

Rescue crews found one employee dead at the facility, another employee badly injured, and several others with minor injuries.

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The employee with severe injuries ended up flown to a local hospital for treatment. MagneGas breaks down oil by-products and turns them into a high-pressured gas, according to fire officials. The product ends up bottled and dispensed to other companies for machine use.

“We do believe this to be an industrial accident, said Major Jeff Young with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “There were probably 20 to 25 employees on scene working at the facility at the time of the explosion.”

Employees ended up evacuated and officials turned off the propane machine.

Fire officials confirmed they have responded to an incident at the same address in the past, but did not have details on what the emergency call entailed.

“There was one issue years back,” said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Young. “I’m not sure of the company. It was a gas company, but [the incident] was not as big as this. It was minor.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will handle the investigation.

MagneGas provided the following statement:

“The company today experienced an accident at its Tarpon Springs facility. Tragically, a member of our employee family was killed. Our deep sympathy goes out to the immediate family and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all friends. Another member of our employee family was taken to a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as well. All of our other employees are safe and accounted for. We humbly request the media to respect the privacy of our employees and their families. Our top priority is the health and safety of these people who as we said are considered family.

“We are grateful for the efforts and immediate actions of the emergency responders.

“We are working closely with responders and local officials to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the accident.

“We have strived to create a culture of safe, compliant operations. We take this matter very seriously and are dedicating all the necessary corporate resources to assist in the investigation.”

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