Welder Dead in Explosion, Fire

LAS VEGAS --  A welder is dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane, near Nellis Air Force Base.

Fire officials say the explosion and fire happened just after 11 a.m. at Nevada Truck and Trailer Repair where a tanker parked inside a repair garage exploded.

The building's roof was blown off in the explosion.

Lawyer Jayson Javitz of the business' parent company, River City Petroleum, said the employee had been welding in a service bay when vapor or fuel from a tanker ignited. Javitz described the victim as an experienced welder who worked part-time at the company.

Javitz said no other injuries were reported.

The business remains closed during an investigation by officials, including some from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Neighboring businesses were evacuated while fire crews battled the blaze. Clark County deputy fire chief Eric Newman said it took about five minutes to put out the fire.

Neighbor Dave Cullen said he stepped outside to see the fire and the building's roof was gone.

"It was blown apart," Cullen said. "It was just straight out in the air. The sides of the building got blown out."

Metro Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is taking over the investigation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

 


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