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Industrial Fire Familiarization: Furnace tube rupture

  Industrial Fire Familiarization: Furnace Tube Rupture HMN-On this installment of Industrial Fire Familiarization, we will be going over industrial furnace tube rupture, and first in priority. What’s going on inside? Furnaces are generally used to raise the temperature of a product for processing means. It is not uncommon for these temperatures to be well over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Providing ...

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Ontario barn fire leads to oxygen tank explosion

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Freon leak at funeral home sends two to the hospital

  HMN-A freon leak in a Fort Worth, Texas area funeral home sends two to the hospital.  The leak is believed to have started in one of the funeral homes large refrigeration units.  The Fort Worth HAZMAT team responded and confirmed high levels of the chemical leaking.  The Star-Telegram has the latest. FORT WORTH The fire department responded to a ...

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Two workers found passed out inside tanker truck

  UPDATE: The second man removed from the tank has died. UPDATE: The two workers are believed to be father and son. HMN-Developing news story out of Port Arthur, Texas where two workers were found passed out inside a tank.  The fire department, along with ambulance crews responded to the report of the men down just before noon today.  12 ...

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Honey Oil: Los Angeles man burned after suspected marijuana lab fire

BHO (Honey Oil) Fire in Los Angeles. Check out below for dangers to first responders.   HMN-Officials are saying a man was critically burned after what is believed to be a “honey oil” related fire.  Fox 11 reported that evidence of a lab used to extract the oil from marijuana was found. A man was critically burned Thursday in a ...

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Municipal H2S incident leaves two brothers dead

  HMN-Earlier this week we discussed industrial H2S response, however this threat is present in the municipal world as well.  One common source of H2S, is sewer systems.  Independent.ie brings us details from June 2015, where two brothers were killed after an H2S exposure in a confined space. TWO brothers overcome by fumes while working in an underground sewer died of ...

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San Diego HAZMAT team responds to possible chemical suicide

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      HMN-San Diego Fire Department HAZMAT teams respond to a possible chemical suicide in Linda Vista.  The team was made aware of a note mentioning muriatic acid and other chemicals being used.  KGTV 10 has the latest. LINDA VISTA, Calif. — A San Diego Fire Department hazardous materials crew responded to a suicide note left taped to a ...

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Industrial fire familiarization: Hydrogen Sulfide

Industrial fire familiarization: Hydrogen Sulfide       HMN-Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is a common threat in our industrial environment. Most are taught about the rotten egg smell, and ability to dull the olfactory sense in large doses, but do we really understand it’s presence in our processes? What exactly is it? H2S is a colorless, flammable, extremely hazardous gas ...

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Explosion at PDVSA Refinery In Northeast Venezuela

HMN- Explosions reported at one of the PDVSA refineries in Venezuela.  One hospital has been evacuated as a result of the blast according to RT.com.  As of right now, there is no word on injuries.   A hospital in the northeastern state of Anzoategui, Venezuela, has been evacuated following an explosion and a fire that engulfed an oil refinery located ...

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4,000 gallon gas tank explodes in Tennessee

  HMN-Firefighters respond to a reported gas tank explosion near Knoxville today. The tanks were being removed from the ground at the time. WVLT provided details of the explosion. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — 911 dispatch says Rural/Metro and the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department are working a 4,000 gallon gas tank explosion near Sevierville Pike. Rural/Metro and the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department ...

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