Blast at business injures twoPublished 2:00am Saturday, October 20, 2012
Rescue workers with the Brewton Fire Department, along with officers with the Brewton Police Department, responded to a call Friday to an incident at a Douglas Avenue business that left two men injured.
Brewton Fire Sgt. Dusty Wilson said his crew assisted with administering medical treatment at the scene fo the explosion.
“From what we were told, one of the victims had his hand on the valve stem of a tire and the other hand on the air hose airing up a tire,” Wilson said. “The second victim had his foot propped up on the tire as the tire exploded.”
Wilson said witnesses at the scene say the tire and rim were lifted as much as five feet in the air from the explosion.
“The victim who had his hand on the tire received sever injuries to his hand, nearly severing it,” Wilson said. “The other victim, the one my partner was working on, was severly injured when his Achilles tendon was cut.”
The victim with injuries to his hand was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital and was late taken by Lifeflight to an out-of-town medical facility to receive treatment for his injuries.
The condition of the second victim was not known as of press time.
The names of the victims were not released by emergency responders as of press time Friday evening.