fatal blast when worker uses lighter to peer into flammable drum - 55 gallon drum
Springfield, Massachusetts (Reuters)-
A worker died in an explosion at a car dealer in Massachusetts, apparently lighting up a 55-
Authorities said on Friday that a bucket of flammable cleaning solvents.
On Wednesday morning, 33-year-old Daniel Martinez was killed in the Balise Honda explosion in West Springfield, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Mancino said.
Another worker inhaled smoke.
Martinez lit the lighter while on the phone with a chemical supplier to check the level of automatic cleaning solvent inside the drum.
The barrel exploded and was pushed about 30 feet into the air before hitting the roof.
"We found him very quickly, but he has passed away," Manchino said . ".
Investigators used video from surveillance cameras to determine the cause of the explosion and fire.
Martinez is a contract worker in Balise and is employed by the real cleaning car detail company.
The firefighters fought for more than an hour in the fierce fire.
The fire was caused by the continuous occurrence of multi-barrel chemical solvents on site.