Three men injured after propane explosion in southeast Calgary

CALGARY – Three men were rushed to hospital with burns to their head, face and neck area after a propane explosion at Hennessey Welding in the city’s southeast Wednesday afternoon.

EMS said the men, aged 30 to 55, are in stable, non-life-threatening condition and are being treated at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

Four people were inside the garage when the explosion happened.

The worker who wasn’t hurt told Global News they were trying to change a valve on a large propane tank when it exploded. He said the tank was supposed to be empty.

The worker described a loud boom and said his boss suffered serious injuries to his face.

The doors of the garage flew across the parking area of the lot; the walls of the building were bent and pushed out from the blast.

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Two fire engines, aerial support, a heavy rescue team, hazmat crews and EMS were all called to the scene. Fire investigators are on scene looking into the cause, and said it didn’t take long to put out a small fire in the garage.

It’s unclear what sparked the blast, which happened at about 1:15 p.m.

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) is aware of the event.

An explosion injured three people at a southeast Calgary business Dec. 2, 2015. Sarah Offin / Global News

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