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City worker injured in electrical incident

Explosion
Oct. 02, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington city employee received burns Tuesday afternoon from an electrical shock at the floodwall pumping station at the mouth of Four Pole Creek.

Cabell County 911 received word of the incident at 12:55 p.m. A neighbor reported hearing a big bang, and initial reports indicated there had been an explosion.

Crews later revised that report, saying that an electrical incident occurred. The explosion-like sound was linked to electrical arcs inside of the pump station, according to Huntington Deputy Fire Chief Brian Grieco and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service Director Gordon Merry.

Floodwall Superintendent Steve Riggs said the injured employee was working with two colleagues inside of the pump station at the time.

The unidentified worker received electrical, or flash, burns to his face and hands, Riggs said. He was conscious and walking at the scene.

Riggs explained the building houses electrical equipment and an oil breaker. The facility helps officials control water levels on Four Pole Creek in times of high water.

Mayor Kim Wolfe was among those who visited the hospital to check on the employee's condition. Wolfe could not be reached for comment.

David Hagley, the city's public service director, said he did not know exactly what occurred and could not comment until an investigation had been completed.

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