4 injured in Somerset plant explosion

The 4 men were working on a silo normally used to store charcoal briquettes, but this time of the year, during this maintenance period for four weeks, they're supposed to be empty. But when the four men were welding, there was a spark that went astray, there was a "flash fire," and the 4 men were burned, mostly in the hand and face areas.

The Kingsford plant manager says the 4 men are Dana Maynard, Terry King, Gason Roberts, and Jamie Dancy. Dancy's wife says Jamie was hurt actually trying to put the flames out on one of the other men. Officials say they have first to third degree burns. 3 were airlifted to UK..and one was taken by ground ambulance to Somerset's Lake Cumberland Regional. The plant manager says safety is stressed over and over again here..and doesn't know what caused something inside the silo to suddenly ignite.

“That was completely empty right now (the silo) except for a little bit of residue which wasn't accounted for, that residue is what got us,” said plant manager Tom Burkenpas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal. Burkenpas say they haven't had a lost time accident in more than 700 days.


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