Smoker killed in explosion

Smoker killed in explosion

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 8:01 pm

SWEETWATER (AP) — An East Tennessee fire chief said an explosion and fire at a trailer in Sweetwater has killed a man he described as a heavy smoker who was using oxygen.
Sweetwater Fire Chief Doug Watson told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Jackie Smith died in an explosion Wednesday afternoon at his residence.
Watson said four of the 30-inch high oxygen canisters exploded and Smith’s trailer was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the trailer park off Main Street. He said Smith was a “heavy smoker.”
The explosion hurled Smith through the front door onto a porch. Neighbors pulled him away from the fire but he was not breathing when emergency responders arrived.
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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Published in The Messenger 7.23.10

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