Stockton Explosion Sends Firefighters to Hospitals

11:34 AM, Sep 2, 2008   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - Six Stockton firefighters have been taken to local hospitals after a fire and explosion at a Port of Stockton business.

The fire started at 9:07 Tuesday morning, at FPL Energy, a company that produces electricity by burning coal.  Stocktn Fire Department Division Chief Paul Willette said the fire was actually difficult to locate, because there was so little smoke.

Then just before 9:30, there was an explosion on the third floor of the facility, and the fire department elevated its response to three alarms.

One of the injured firefighters suffered a knee injury.  The other five were being examined for possible injuries since they were closest to the site of the explosion.

Stockton fire officials estimated they'll be on the scene for 24 hours looking for hot spots.


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