UPDATE: 2 Injured In W.Va. Gas Plant Explosions, Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Two workers are being treated for minor injuries after explosions and a fire at an industrial site in Putnam County.

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UPDATED: 5/13/2013 5:30pm

POCA, W.Va. (AP) - Two workers are being treated for minor injuries after explosions and a fire at an industrial site in Putnam County.

Jason Owens of Putnam County's emergency management center says fire crews were dispatched at about 3:20 p.m. Monday to Airgas, a distributor of specialty gases.

He described the injuries to the two as minor and said they were transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment. A hospital official did not know their conditions.

Chad Jones of the Bancroft Fire Department said at least 50 of 100 bottles of acetylene that were being held in bunker in the plant exploded. The cause was not yet known.

Officials with Airgas could not immediately be reached. The company calls itself the largest supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases in the U.S.

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POCA, W.Va. (AP) - Emergency officials say crews are responding to reports of explosions and a fire at an industrial site in Putnam County.

Nitro firefighter Jeff Dorsey says crews were dispatched Monday afternoon to Airgas in Poca. The company is a distributor of specialty gases used for industrial and other purposes.

Dorsey did not know if any injuries were reported as a result of the explosion and fire.

A telephone call to the company resulted in a busy signal. A woman who answered the phone at the company's regional headquarters said officials were in a meeting and could not immediately comment.

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