- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 49-year-old worker operating equipment at a metal recycling plant in Anderson has died after some of the material caught fire and quickly spread.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Dean Gochneaur of Pickens tried to jump from the equipment, but couldn’t get away from the flames around 9:30 a.m. Monday at OmniSource metal recycling.

Shore says a worker who tried to save Gochneaur suffered second-degree burns and was taken to the hospital.

The fire sent large plumes of smoke over Anderson. Police plan to investigate once the fire is extinguished and the area cools down.

The coroner says an autopsy will be performed on Gochneaur on Tuesday.

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