FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials in the community of Forest Grove, Ore., say a farm worker was using a cutting torch on a metal drum when it exploded, setting fire to the man’s clothes.
Fire Division Chief Dave Nemeyer said the unidentified man immediately “dropped and rolled,” extinguishing the flames on his clothing Tuesday. Although the blast was hot enough to melt glass windows on a nearby barn, the injured man was conscious and alert as he was taken to a Portland hospital. The spokesman says the man’s injuries don’t appear life-threatening. Nemeyer says the man is a former Forest Grove volunteer firefighter.
The drum was thought to be empty but fire officials believe it likely contained enough diesel residue to cause the explosion.
Forest Grove is west of Portland.