2 injured in oil facility explosion southeast of Dallas

2 injured in oil facility explosion southeast of Dallas

Credit: WFAA

A man and a woman were injured Tuesday morning in Van Zandt County when an oil storage tank exploded while the pair were smoking on top of it. The explosion occurred just before 3 a.m. at an oil storage facility on State Highway 110 north of Van.

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 11:09 AM

VAN, Texas -- A man and a woman were injured Tuesday morning in Van Zandt County when an oil storage tank exploded while the pair were smoking on top of it.

The explosion occurred just before 3 a.m. at an oil storage facility on State Highway 110 north of Van.

The victims, who are both 24, have been moved to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The female is on life support and the male has burns to the face, arms, and chest.

There are five major storage tanks on the property, of which two exploded. Firefighters were using a foam blanket to prevent the other tanks from catching fire and exploding.

It is unclear at this time which company owns the storage facility. The victims, who have not been identified, are not believed to be employees of the company that owns the facility.

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