Man survives explosion at gasoline tanker repair business

January 03, 2017 06:43 PM

RENSSELAER - A man working at a truck repair business in Rensselaer is lucky to be alive. He was alone in a building at the Port of Rensselaer when an explosion occurred.

This could have been a lot worse considering all the fuel and oil tanks in the area by the Port of Rensselaer.

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The building, or what's left of it, is a gasoline tanker repair business that police and fire departments responded to a call for an explosion around 2:30 p.m.

An older gentleman was inside working on a standalone tanker when something caused the fumes to ignite and create a powerful explosion.

The blast of that explosion was so forceful that both garage doors at the front and at the back of the building were completely blown off. The roof of the building, which had areas of fiberglass, also blasted off and now just a skeleton remains.

The building has been deemed a total loss and condemned by the fire department.

What's incredible is that the gentleman inside wasn't injured. He was walking around the property when the fire department arrived.

"Upon arrival, firefighters had one patient standing outside. We had the walls of the building buckled out. Several overhead doors had blown out the sides and the roof section blown out," explained Asst. Chief Jay Corcoran with the Rensselaer Fire Department.

National Grid shut power off to building and there is no danger to surrounding businesses.


WNYT Staff

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