5 Dead After Connecticut Plant Explosion

Monday, February 08, 2010

Officials say it's unclear whether everyone is accounted for in the fatal explosion that took place Sunday at the Kleen Energy Systems natural gas power plant in Middletown, Connecticut. Five people have died so far and at least a dozen people have been injured in yesterday's blast.

Middletown Deputy Fire Marshal Al Santostefano said last night that no one was missing amid the rubble. But this morning, Santostefano said rescue crews still haven't been able to search one section of the plant, and it was impossible to know if there were victims in that area.

Local fire investigators and federal authorities, including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, are expected to begin investigating the cause of the explosion today. The chemical safety board is an independent federal agency that looks into serious chemical accidents. 

Last week, the safety board issued recommendations for improving the safety of natural gas codes. The recommendations followed the board's investigation of another fatal natural gas explosion at a plant in North Carolina.

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