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Seven injured in Texas propane plant blast and fire

08 November 2012

An explosion and fire were reported at a Houston-area propane gas plant on November 7, injuring eight workers before the blaze was extinguished, a fire official said. Two of the injured are in a critical condition. The incident took place at the AmeriGas plant in Conroe on an outdoor assembly line which fills tanks for gas grills for use in RVs and boats, for home heating and outdoor barbecues.

AmeriGas is the nation’s biggest propane distributor and employs about 9,000 people nationwide. The fire was put out in about 20 minutes and did not spread outside the plant, according to the fire official.

A company spokesman said the injured were either AmeriGas employees or contract workers.

Bill Katz, vice president at AmeriGas Propane in Valley Forge, Pa., said the company has a team on site investigating the cause of the blast. He could not speculate on what precipitated the incident. He said the company's main priority was to ensure their employees received medical attention and to stabilise the facility.

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