Worker brought to Augusta after Savannah area blast

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GARDEN CITY, Ga. -- A worker suffered severe burns this morning when a steel tank exploded at the Savannah Recycling plant in Garden City.

Benjamin Damian, 44, was listed in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta hours after the midday accident, hospital spokeswoman Olena Scarboro said.

Damian and fellow worker Amando Serritos were dismantling the tank with a torch when the container blew up, Garden City Fire Chief James Crosby said.

The tank, roughly 8 feet wide and 20 feet long, appeared to contain oil residue when firefighters arrived at the Tremont Road facility, Crosby said.

Both Damian and Serritos were initially taken by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center.

Serritos, age not available, was treated in Savannah and released, while Damian was transferred to the burn center in Augusta, Memorial spokesman Michael Notrica said.

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TakeAstand 09/29/09 - 04:32 pm
How sad. My prayers for Mr.

How sad. My prayers for Mr. Damian for a recovery and to ease his pain.

sweet_chick 09/29/09 - 06:38 pm
My prayers and thougts go out

My prayers and thougts go out to the family.

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