No fatalities after Fla. gas plant blast

By: National AP
By: National AP
Following the blast, at least 15 workers were initially feared killed.

Courtesy: Tyler Mackenzie Photography via a creative commons license

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) -- All workers at a Florida gas plant rocked by a series of explosions have been accounted for after as many as 15 were initially feared killed, authorities say.

John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday that all the workers at the Blue Rhino propane plant had been accounted for and that no fatalities had been reported after explosions hit the plant late Monday night. Seven people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

Herrell earlier had said 15 workers were unaccounted for after the blasts, but all were later found safe.

The Blue Rhino plant refilled propane tanks typically used for barbecues and other uses.

Herrell said a crew of 24 to 26 people were working at the plant on an overnight shift when the explosions occurred late Monday.

Video footage on WESH-TV in Orlando showed fires burning through trucks used to transport propane tanks, which were parked at the plant. The fire was sending plumes of smoke into the air nearly two hours after the blast. Emergency crews could also be seen massing nearby.

Herrell said officials believe the fire is contained and won't spread to another part of the plant but they cannot guarantee that.

According to the Leesburg Daily Commercial, the plant was built in 2004 and employs fewer than 50 people.


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