Firefighting, Hazmat, Industrial Firefighting

Firefighter, Worker Injured in Explosion and Fire at PA Company

Drums of oil and propane complicated operations for firefighters during a fire Thursday at an excavation company in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Sentinel reports ( that an employee suffered a head injury after an explosion in a workshop while one firefighter was hurt after part of a roof collapsed on him. Both were hospitalized with head injuries.

There were a numbers of tanks that contained an unknown chemical in the workshop, but it wasn’t immediately clear what started the fire, according to fire officials. It took about three hours to extinguish the fire.

One firefighter on scene told reporters that there was a lot of oil in the workshop, which made it difficult to fight the fire. He said there were two 55-gallon drums of oil inside the building along with two 450-gallon propane tanks on the side of the building.

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