Man injured when water pressure tank explodes

Rare explosion in rural Battle Ground home fractures homeowner's legs

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith

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A man’s legs were fractured when his water pressure tank exploded in his garage east of Battle Ground’s city center.

His wife reported the injury around 5:30 p.m. at their rural home on Northeast 262nd Avenue. The homeowner was checking his tank, because he thought it had a leak, when it burst, according to Fire District 3 Capt. Drew Simpson.

A Life Flight helicopter was put on standby, but was canceled.

Medics and firefighters from the Venersborg Station 32 quickly loaded the man into an ambulance for transport to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Simpson didn’t know the extent or severity of the man’s injuries, beyond that his legs were fractured. The explosion spewed water around the garage, and damaged drawers in the laundry area, Simpson said. He believes it’s very rare for a water pressure tank on a rural well system to explode.