In a massive explosion at a propane plant in Tavares, Florida, four workers have been left critically wounded after yet-unknown issues sparked flames that shot 200 feet into the sky.
Third-shift maintenance worker Gene Williams told reporters that after hearing two very loud explosions he looked outside and watched as a wall of fire raged 20 feet from a pallet of propane tanks.
Residents one mile away from the plant felt the impact of the explosions, as one woman reported believing that a car had just crashed into her home.
33-year-old Marni Whitehead raced outside and watched neighbors do the same, finally putting together what they believed to be the cause of the commotion. We knew right away it was the plant, the propane plant, Whitehead said. After that, it was just sort of panic.
John Harrell of the Lake County Sheriffs Office said that no one was killed and that the fire was contained to one area of the plant, but Williams explanation of the scene reported the forklift driver stumbling into the building with flesh hanging from his hands and arms, while one of the other victims was hit by a car rushing to escape the fiery scene.
The plant typically refilled propane gas tanks for home grills and Scott Brockelmeyer, a spokesman for Blue Rhinos parent company, Ferrellgas, remarked that the incident is, as sobering a situation as you can possibly imagine.
Though no one was killed in the Tavares plant explosion, the victims will likely have a very long road to recovery ahead of them.
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