Five Firefighters Injured in Double Tank Explosion

Tank explosion

HMN-Five firefighters were injured after two tanks exploded during a fire at an old factory building.  Fox 59 reports that the fire was brought under control within two hours, and all five of the injured firefighters were brought to the hospital.

MARION, Ind. – Five firefighters were injured in an explosion and fire at the old Thomson plant in Marion Saturday night.

The old factory building is now home to Computer Age Technology located in the 3700 block of Adams Street on Marion’s south side.

The fire call came in shortly after 6 p.m.

The first fire crews on the scene made entry to the burning building and began battling flames.

The fire broke through the roof and aerial trucks were brought in to knock those flames down.

Fire officials say two tanks inside the building exploded.

Four Marion firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation of possible hearing loss.

A fifth firefighter was injured when he cut his hand.

Fire crews brought the blaze under control within two hours.

Two Marion fire investigators along with the State Fire Marshal’s office are looking into the cause of the fire.

Marion fire crews were assisted by firefighters from five area fire departments.

Firefighters did experience some problems with the water supply to the scene.

Marion Fire Chief Geoff Williams recalled fighting a major fire at the same complex ten years ago.

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