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Small fire put out at W.Va. Airgas site

Jul. 17, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

POCA, W.Va. (AP) — A small hydrogen fire broke out before being quickly extinguished at a West Virginia industrial site where an explosion two months ago injured two workers.

A Putnam County 911 dispatcher says the fire was reported at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Airgas, a distributor of specialty gases in Poca, outside of Charleston. Firefighters from Bancroft and other departments responded and the fire was put out. Five workers inside the plant left safely.

It wasn't immediately known how Wednesday's fire started. Calls to the Bancroft Fire Department and company spokesman Doug Sherman weren't immediately returned Thursday.

On May 13, about 50 tanks of highly flammable acetylene gas used in welding exploded at the plant. The tanks were waiting to be refilled. Two workers suffered burns.