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US hospital explosion kills one, injures 12

27 June 2018

One person was killed and 12 others were injured during an explosion at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas, authorities said on June 26. Some of the injured are reported to have suffered critical burn injuries. David Byrom, Coryell Memorial Healthcare System CEO, said the hospital had been shut down and patients were being transported to other facilities in the area. 

Damage to the hospital is reported to be extensive.

Initial reports said the blast occurred in an area where the hospital is being expanded. Investigators are looking into a boiler room that was under construction. Other witnesses said an electrical generator blew up.

Ground was broken in November 2016 for a major renovation and expansion at the hospital. The 117,000-square foot project includes new operating rooms, a new 25-bed hospital wing, administration offices, a 16-bed rehabilitation facility and a new central plant that houses chillers and boilers.

Two nursing homes nearby were evacuated after they lost power following the explosion. A Texas-New Mexico Power Company spokesman said the explosion knocked out power for a large portion of the city.

Investigators from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration will review the explosion and the damage.

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