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Explosion Damages Water Treatment Facility In Stamford

A large explosion damaged a water treatment plant at 111 Harbor View Ave. in Stamford.
A large explosion damaged a water treatment plant at 111 Harbor View Ave. in Stamford. Photo Credit: Stamford Fire Department

A large explosion has damaged a water treatment plant in Stamford.

At around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, firefighters responded to the area of 700 Canal St. on a report of the sound of a large explosion. Responding fire units were re-deployed to the water treatment facility at 111 Harbor View Ave. for a confirmed explosion, with damage to the building, according to Stamford Fire Department.

They were met by facility officials who indicated the facility may have suffered a dust explosion, and that two employees were injured, the Stamford Fire Department said.

The injured were immediately treated and taken by Stamford EMS, said the fire department.

Firefighters and plant officials worked to ensure that facility personnel was accounted for, assess the extent of the damage, and to secure the processes that were occurring in the building, preventing another explosion. There was no fire observed, according to Stamford Fire.

Several roll-up type garage doors and several windows were displaced by the explosion, the fire department said.

A third worker later reported he was injured and was transported to the hospital as well by EMS.

Local officials, as well as Connecticut OSHA, were notified of the explosion, according to Stamford Fire Department.

The Stamford Fire Marshal's office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Although the water treatment facility was damaged, the facility has contingency plans in place for treating the sewage in the event of a facility failure, said the fire department.

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