Nobody hurt by explosions in Heber
July 17, 2009
Nobody was injured when about 40 gas cylinders stored at Hicken Oxygen in Heber exploded July 13 at about 4:16 p.m.
Flames had fully engulfed the building at 334 W. 100 South when fire crews arrived having received a 911 call, according to Ed Rhoades, chief of the Heber City Police Department.
The building was used for storing oxygen used for medical and commercial purposes, Rhoades said in a prepared statement.
"After being exposed to heat and fire, the cylinders exploded," Rhoades said.
Several people were evacuated and buildings in the area were damaged by the explosions, he said.
"More than a dozen explosions occurred with several major explosions, which caused damage to windows several blocks away," Rhoades said.
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Customers on the northwest side of Heber were without power for several hours as Heber Power and Light crews rerouted the electricity, Rhoades explained.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated this week, Rhoades said.