March 11—Seattle Fire Paramedics transported two burn patients to Harborview Medical Center after an explosion and fire at a Magnolia dry dock.
At 11:15 a.m. the Seattle Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting flames coming from a facility located at the 3100 of West Commodore Way. Engine 18 arrived and found the fire had been extinguished by two other dry dock workers. Those employees used dry chemical fire extinguishers to put out the flames.
The employees said two welders were working on a 46-foot metal dredging boat when the explosion and fire occurred. The workers were welding near two 80-gallon gas tanks when the tanks caught fire and exploded. One tank flew over a chain link fence and landed near Burlington Northern Train Tracks. The second tank was completely destroyed. Workers say about 3 to 6 inches of gasoline was inside the tanks at the time of the fire.
One patient a 59-year-old male was taken to Harborview Medical Center with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He was in critical condition with life threatening injuries. The second patient was a 33-year-old male who suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his body. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.
Seattle Fire Investigators were called to the scene and are working to determine the cause of the fire and explosion.