Six injured, one critically in Knoxville steel mill explosion
Six patients were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The burn victim, who was not identified, was expected to be transferred to Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville.
Friday, May 16th 2014, 8:36 AM EDT
Investigators are probing the cause of an explosion at a North Knoxville steel mill that critically burned one worker and injured five others Thursday night.
The blast was reported about 8:40 p.m. at the Gerdau Ameristeel facility, 1919 Tennessee Avenue, Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran said.
The most seriously injured victim suffered burns to more than 80% of his body, Corcoran said.
The explosion occurred in the area of a blast furnace where metal is melted down into molten liquid.
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