Worker Burned in DE Petroleum Plant Blast

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 11:04 AM gHale

A man using a chop saw to cut open a waste oil tank in Lincoln, DE, ended up hit with a flash fire and suffered burns to 80 percent of his body March 25, fire officials said.

Jake Slater, 21, was transported to Beebe Medical Center with first- and second-degree burns to 80 percent of his body, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry R. Miller. Slater is also a captain in the Lewes Fire Department.

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The explosion occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at Delmarva Petroleum, Miller said. The Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company assisted by Milton Volunteer Fire Company, along with Sussex County EMS responded to the scene.

Emergency workers treated the victim and they then transported him to Crozer Burn Center in Chester, Pennsylvania, Miller said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire was the result of a worker using a chop saw to cut open a waste oil tank. Sparks from the saw ignited the vapors and caused the explosion and flash fire.

Damages from the fire were at $1,000.

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