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Dry Dock Explosion Burns Two

On Sunday, March 11, two men, aged 59 and 33, were welding on a 46-foot dredging boat off Commodore Way, north of Fishermen’s Terminal on Magnolia and across the canal from Ballard, when two nearby 80-gallon gas tanks exploded. The tanks each contained about three to six inches of fuel, according to other workers in the area. One tank flew over a fence and landed near the railroad tracks, while the other tank was obliterated by the explosion.

Other workers were able to douse the flames before the Seattle Fire Department arrived, but the two men were badly hurt and required emergency transport to Harborview Medical Center for the burns caused mainly by the exploded, burning fuel. The 59-year-old man is said to be in critical condition with second- and third degree burns over forty percent of his body. The 33-year-old man is said be in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns to his face and hands, covering twenty percent of his body.

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