Firefighter seriously injured in Wilmington explosion – Daily News

2024-02-20 04:39:02

A firefighter was seriously injured, among several injured, when the compressed natural gas tank on a A tractor trailer exploded in Wilmington last week. was extubated over the weekend and was later alert and able to speak, authorities said.

Another eight firefighters injured in the explosion were released from the hospital on Friday.

The only hospitalized firefighter, a 37-year-old man and nine-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, was awake, alert and talking Saturday, Capt. Eric Scott said on Twitter.

“The road to recovery is going to be long,” the next step being to restore food, Scott said.

Seven more firefighters were released from the hospital Friday afternoon, and an eighth firefighter who was seriously injured was released later that evening, Scott said. All eight stayed at home on Monday, “resting with their families.”

Around 7:00 a.m. Thursday, February 15truck driver called 911 after an LNG-powered tractor-trailer caught fire in the 1100 block of Alameda Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The truck was equipped with two 100-pound tanks, one on each side.

Approximately 6 minutes after the arrival of the firefighters, the tank exploded.

About 150 additional firefighters arrived to help the injured firefighters and extinguish the flames, and a firefighting robot was brought in to remotely apply water to the second tank as it continued to burn, officials said.

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