Fires and explosions occur far too frequently in the United States. News reports about them are simply – and unfortunately – unavoidable.
Set a Google alert for “flash fire” or “explosion,” and watch as your inbox is inundated with updates.
Here is a look at four news events involving fires and explosions from just Wednesday:
Flash fire injures 3 workers at Colorado gas plant
From Fox 31 Denver: A flash fire at a Weld County gas plant in Grover, Colorado, injured three people.
Contractors at the Hereford Ranch Processing Plant were working on a compressor when the flash fire started, according to the Pawnee Fire Protection District.
The three workers were taken to the hospital with burn injuries. The extent of their injuries is not known.
The plant is located at County Road 136 and Weld County Road 71, just south of the Wyoming border.
Toddler dies in Texarkana house fire
From news services: A 22-month-old boy died in a house fire in Texarkana, Texas. Texas-side fire chief Eric Schlotter confirmed the death of the child.
The fire is under investigation, but officials and firefighters on the scene said they believe the fire was caused by a bad plug on a fan in the child’s room. The child was in a crib in the room where the fire started.
Five other children and an adult also were in the home, authorities said, but the toddler was the only person in the room where the fire started.
The fire at 3011 Meadows Drive was called in at 11:19 a.m., and the fire department arrived on scene at 11:22 a.m., Texas Police spokesperson Shawn Vaughn said.
Smoke was coming from the house at that time. The 911 calls came from the adult in the house and people passing by, Vaughn said.
The boy’s body will be sent to a medical examiner in Dallas for autopsy.
Meadows Drive is located off of Baylor Street and runs parallel to Old Boston Road.
The death is the first fire fatality in Texarkana, Texas, in two or three years, Vaughn said.
Metro Transit officer hurt in explosion at St. Paul bus facility
From the St. Paul Pioneer Press: A Metro Transit police officer was injured in a small explosion before a training exercise in St. Paul.
Paramedics took the officer to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla.
The K-9 officer was preparing for a police dog bomb detection training exercise about 3:30 p.m. at 515 North Cleveland Avenue, the address for the Metro Transit Overhaul Base, used for bus maintenance and repairs.
“He was putting out a device with a small amount of explosives and, for whatever reason, the explosives ignited,” said Padilla, who said an investigation has begun.
The St. Paul police bomb squad was called out and neighboring buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
Officials did not immediately describe the injuries of the officer, who has been with Metro Transit for seven years. His K-9 partner was still in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Fireworks explosion injures 12 New Mexico firefighters
From ABC News: A large explosion at a fireworks storage facility in Roswell, New Mexico, injured 12 firefighters as they prepared for an upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
Members of the Roswell Fire Department were packing the fireworks for the show shortly after noon local time when some of the fireworks in the Roswell Industrial Air Center exploded, according to the New Mexico State Police.
Two firefighters suffered life-threatening injuries in the explosion and were airlifted to a local hospital, officials said. The other 10 injured firefighters were treated on the scene for minor injuries.
“All we know right now is there were 12 firefighters working inside the building at the time of the explosion,” captain Lance Bateman of the New Mexico State Police said in a news conference.
Bateman said an investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion.
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