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Arizona Firefighters Hospitalized After a Battery Facility Explosion

Updated On 22 Apr, 2019 Published On

Eight firefighters were hospitalized after an explosion at an Arizona Public Service facility on Friday, April 19.

Utility-sized lithium batteries and distribution of solar energy are housed in the service facility. The injured firefighters were from two separate agencies.

Four firefighters were seriously injured. Capt. Ken Wier told Phoenix's FOX 10 that one firefighter, who was knocked unconscious, was in critical condition. Two other victims were in serious condition.

According to a spokesman for the department, Michael Selmer, three of the most seriously injured firefighters were transported to the burn unit of the Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix while the fourth was taken to a West Valley hospital.

According to Battalion Chief of the Surprise Fire Department, Julie Moore, four additional firefighters were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both fire teams responded to APS McMicken Energy Storage facility at approx. 6 p.m.

Firefighters started inspecting a utility-size lithium battery for hazardous chemical levels and explosion was unfolded after they attempted to enter the facility.

This explosion comes amid the news that at least 290 people were killed at multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

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