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Two injured in explosion at West Virginia truck cleaning facility


Authorities have confirmed that two people were hurt Monday in an explosion and fire at a truck cleaning facility in Dallas Pike, West Virginia.

The explosion happened Monday evening at a truck cleaning facility as two workers were cleaning a tanker. Following the explosion, a fire broke out that spread through the facility.

“We do know they were in the process of cleaning one of the tanker trucks. They said they were going through the process of cleaning (the truck) with chemicals when it ignited and caused an explosion. But we don’t know the cause yet,” Wheeling-Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency director Lou Vargo told the Observer-Reporter.

“We’re at a facility that cleans the tank trucks that come from the gas well. They take the product off, take it to other tanks. And then this company cleans those tanks afterwards. There was a tank trailer in the garage when they were working on it when they were cleaning. There was some type of explosion and the building was fully involved when the fire departments got here,” Vargo said.

Two workers suffered burns and are currently being treated in the hospital.

The truck driver was outside of the facility when the explosion occurred and wasn’t injured.

The building is considered a total loss.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


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