Two released from hospital after GulfStream fire

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Two of the three workers sent to the hospital after a small explosion at GulfStream Aerospace Corp. on Wednesday morning were treated and released.

According to the Memorial University Medical Center marketing department, Elby Hairston, 27, and Chris Jarrell, 50, were treated and released for their burn injuries.

A third person, 35-year-old Christopher Wiess, was transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. His condition is unknown at this time.

Wiess and Jarrell are employees with Unicco, which does contract work for GulfStream. The two were doing a routine test on oxygen cylinders when one of the bottles exploded causing a flash fire.

Hairston, an employee of GulfStream, was near the site and tried to extinguish the fire.

No one else was injured. The building sustained minor smoke damage, and daily work continued.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Savannah office, is investigating.


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