Perry, FL Gas Plant Explosion, Aug 1998
FOUR INJURED IN GAS PLANT EXPLOSION.
Perry, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters battling a blaze at a natural gas plant were injured when an explosion ripped through the area, sending a mammoth fireball into the sky.
The flames destroyed at least six houses and several vehicles and forced the evacuation of 100 homes within two miles of the plant.
Four firefighters were hospitalized. Their injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
Employees of the Florida Gas Transmission Co. plant had already been evacuated because of the fire. The blast occurred an hour later.
Taylor County Fire Chief Ashley Newell rescued two firefighters, abandoning his car to help drag the injured men to safety.
Index Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1998-08-16