2 workers burned in fuel tank fire at airport

File Photo of Waterbury-Oxford Airport

OXFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two workers were burned in a fuel tank fire at the Waterbury-Oxford airport Sunday morning.

Seymour fire crews say they responded to the scene at the Waterbury-Oxford airport, at 300 Christian Street in Oxford, and the fire is now out. State Police say the explosion was in the area of the fuel farm.

State Police confirms that the two victims were working on the tank and a spark from the “grinding” ignited residual fuel inside the tank. One man was inside the tank and able to climb out while another man was outside the tank. Police say some safety precautions were overlooked and made circumstances worse.

Two men were transported to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The extent of the victim’s burns are unknown at this time.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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