Injured in Tennessee Explosion
December 22, 2004
Paraphrased by: Steve Waldrop
Two men were transported by Air Evac to
the burn unit at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, after
an early morning explosion at Tennessee Aircraft Services.
Authorities say the accident happened around 8:15 a.m..
Employees there were draining fuel from a small plane's
fuel tank, located in one of the wings that was detached
from the plane, when a fire erupted. At first report it
appears that static electricity caused the fire that severely
burned two employees and also injured a third person.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department
responded to the fire at Tennessee Aircraft Services,
at 2313 Technology Center Drive, which is adjacent to
the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport.
The fire grew, and one portion of the
facility was heavily damaged, Sheriff David Woolfork said
in a news release.
The aircraft facility is made up of two
buildings. The shop and office area on the west side was
heavily fire damaged. The aircraft hangar side to the
east suffered only minor insulation damage, Holmes said.
The fire was under control in about an
Tennessee Aircraft Services is a private
business unrelated to the airport.