Non-Stop Series of Explosions
A PROPANE DISTRIBUTION FACILITY in Tavares, Florida, near Orlando was destroyed last night (Monday-Tuesday) when an explosion triggered a series of fires that generated still more ka-booms.
The entire area around Lake Tavares came out of their homes to watch the spectacular series of non-stop explosions and fireballs as the fire worked its way through 53,000 portable propane tanks that were stored in the facility.
As of daybreak this morning the plant officials announced that all of the 2 dozen employees that were on site have been accounted for and, so far, all of them are still alive. However about 7 of them have been hospitalized with 3 or 4 in critical condition from burns.
There is no indication yet on what caused the accident as the emergency is still ongoing at the time of this posting. ABC News has just filed this video report that they broadcast at 6 am:
WESH-TV is reporting:
One person was taken to Ocala Regional Hospital, three more men were flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical burns and one person was taken to Shands Hospital. No fatalities were immediately reported.
A fire broke out at the plant at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Herrell said 24 to 26 workers were on staff at the time of the explosions.
"The employees were able to escape and scatter away because the explosion was not in their part of the building," Herrell said.
A half-mile evacuation of the area was ordered before midnight, affecting roughly 50 households, and a shelter was set up at the nearby First United Methodist Church. The evacuation was lifted at 2:30 a.m.
The three 90,000 gal. bulk tanks seen in the right in the photo above did not ignite, probably saving the entire area from demolition.
About 60 firefighters are on the scene as the main tactic is to let the fire burn itself out.
The Orlando Sentinel has the latest in a good report HERE.
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