Oxygen tank explosion in Norwalk ER leaves EMT with minor injuries

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NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwalk Fire Department responded to Norwalk Hospital this evening at 7:30 p.m. for a report of a fire in the Emergency Room.

Officials say that upon arrival, firefighters were directed to where an oxygen cylinder/regulator exploded on a transport gurney in POD 2 of the emergency department. The gurney was transporting a patient into the ER and has two attendants.

A dry-chemical extinguisher was discharged and left a moderate dust condition that firefighters found, but there was no smoke or fire. The explosion did cause burn marks on the wall and ceiling.

According to police, EMS from the hospital were on scene as well. Two people suffered minor injuries. Police say a preliminary investigation shows the cause could be an oxygen tank explosion.

An EMT attendant from an out of town ambulance service was treated and released, according to officials. The patient on the gurney and the other EMT attending it were uninjured.

Officials say the hospital has made arrangements to have the area cleaned and resume normal operations.

Fire Inspector Jesse Granton is handling the investigation for the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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