FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - An explosion at Bango Oil Recycling Plant near Fallon, Nevada is under investigation after leaving an employee with critical injuries. Jerry McCullough, Interim Senior Manager for Banner EMS said, "We received one patient in the back of our ambulance that experienced burns to approximately 58% of his body. At the time he was covered from head to toe in hot oil and asphalt with second and third degree burns."
The blast happened around 9 in the morning. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter said, "The information I had coming back from people on the scene was that someone was using a weed burner to thaw some pipes and the explosion may be intiated from there." He was quick to add, "Obviously the Fire Marshall is going to have to make the real and final determination on what exactly happened."
The oil recycling plant is located off Highway 50. Soon after the explosion, a dark plume of smoke could be seen rising from the facility. McCullough said when emergency crews arrived on the scene there was concern about the possibility of a second explosion and the threat posed by smoke from burning oil. Residents within a mile radius were notified; however, fire crews were able to quickly knock down the flames and the smoke was carried away, posing no threat.
The area is serviced by volunteer fire fighters from Churchill County. They responded to the scene within 5 to ten minutes. They credit assistance by fire fighters from the Fallon Naval Air Station for helping to put the fire out quickly. Sheriff Trotter said, "They have some nice trucks that push the water farther than ours do." He added, "We can't thank them enough. They are really good neighbors to have.