One man in critical condition following fuel tank explosion in Hagerstown


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Hagerstown officials are investigating a fuel tank explosion that happened at Advantage Landscape and Construction in the area of 12936 Salem Ave in Hagerstown on Thursday afternoon

Deputy State Fire Marshals say a 45-year-old man suffered from burns and traumatic injuries after he attempted to weld a 100-gallon portable fuel tank to the rear of a flatbed truck. Authorities say the vapors within the tank exploded, which led to the victim becoming engulfed in flames and throwing another employee, who was on the rear of the truck, to the ground.

Bystanding employees witnessed the incident and discharged a portable fire extinguisher on the victim who was welding. Officials report the 45-year-old man was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center and remains in critical condition.

According to investigators, approximately 20-gallons of off-road diesel fuel was inside the tank when it exploded. Detectives continue to investigate this incident.

Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire told WDVM investigators are currently classifying this incident but will be following up with the victims to ensure no violations were made under the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health or federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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