Fire victim in Augusta burn center

A burn victim from a south Georgia chemical fire is recovering this morning in Augusta's Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

The blaze occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Equinox Chemicals Plant in Albany.

A 37-year-old worker, Jason Pate, sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 to 70 percent of his body.

Investigators said Mr. Pate was operating a machine when two gasket seals ruptured and ignited a tank filled with acetylene.

Company officials suspended production temporarily until they finish an internal investigation.

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