- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two men have been hospitalized after a flash fire burned them at Waterbury-Oxford Airport.

Airport officials say the two employees were grinding and welding inside a fuel tanker when the tanker exploded.

State Police confirms that a spark from the grinding ignited lingering fuel that was inside the tank. One man inside the tank was able to climb out and the other was outside the tank. Police say the circumstances were worsened because some safety precautions were overlooked.

Seymour fire crews say the fire has been put out.

A Bridgeport Hospital spokesman tells the Connecticut Post both men are in serious but stable condition. They are expected to be transported to the hospital’s burn unit.

The incident is under investigation.

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