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Explosion Injures Chemical Tank Workers

The explosion also blew out large overhead doors and the resulting fire led to the roof collapsing.

Fire from an explosion at T.A.C. tank cleaning.
Fire from an explosion at T.A.C. tank cleaning.
John J. Watkins, The Times

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — An official says an explosion at a chemical tank cleaning business in northwestern Indiana injured three workers. The blast happened at T.A.C. East, Inc. in an industrial area of East Chicago. City Fire Chief Anthony Serna tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that three employees suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to their arms and legs and were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Serna says the explosion happened in the garage portion of the business, with fire spreading to its office area.Television helicopter video shows the roof collapsed on part of the two-story building and some large overhead doors blown out from the blast.

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