Glens Falls explosion sends 2 to hospital – Times Union

GLENS FALLS — Two people were flown to a Vermont hospital after a gas explosion in storage units Wednesday morning, city officials said.
According to a city spokesman, a 911 call was received at around 10 a.m. about a gas explosion in the vicinity of Luzerne and Veterans roads, also known as Tech Meadows, and behind the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773, located at 37 Luzerne Road.  
The blast took place in one of the two storage units located behind Local 773 and involved two men, one aged 36 and the other a 55-year-old. One of the men was looking to take some tables out of storage for a Thanksgiving celebration. When he opened the unit’s door, there was a strong smell of gas, spokesman Tim Drawbridge said.  
Both men had entered the unit once to remove a table and had re-entered the unit a second time when the explosion occurred. 
When Glens Falls firefighters arrived there was an active fire. While extinguishing the fire it was determined that there were two 20-pound propane grills inside the unit. They were removed and rendered safe.
The two victims were taken by helicopter to Burlington Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. 
City firefighters were assisted by West Glens Falls firefighters and EMS. City police were also present. The investigation into what caused the ignition is continuing.


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