Propane sounded like “bombs going off.”
Equipment failure and human error likely caused propane tank cylinders to explode at a central Florida refilling plant late Monday, a fire official said Tuesday.
The blasts at the Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, Florida injured eight plant workers, said John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The situation is now contained and an evacuation order issued overnight has been lifted, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a news release.
Residents nearby saw a pulsating glow in the sky. One Tavares resident, Norma Haygood, told CNN affiliate WESH it felt like “bombs going off.”
The fire was out by 2 a.m., three hours after the propane explosions began, and authorities are investigating the cause, according to Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith.
Keith, who lives a few miles away from the fire, said he “knew it was bad right off the bat.”
“It truly sounded like a car hit our house,” he said.
Thankfully, no one was killed and firefighters say all 24 employees who were working at the time have been accounted for. Eight workers were taken to nearby hospitals. The injured were taken to various hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center, University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and Ocala Regional Medical Center.
Investigation will reveal the facts of the fire that injured many people in Florida, and you can be assured that Blue Rhino is already gathering evidence to try to reduce its liability to the injured workers who may have suffered burn injuries. If you or your loved one has suffered burn injuries in an industrial fire or propane explosion in Los Angeles and would like more information Read Here. It is critically important that you consider hiring experienced legal counsel immediately.
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