One firefighter lost his life over the weekend and two others suffered third-degree burns after the roof of a restaurant collapsed as they tried to put out the flames. The fire broke out at the Oak Hill Cafe in Parsons around 4:30 am Saturday morning.
The deceased, who was a sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and a volunteer firefighter, died after he became trapped under the roof but not before he pushed two other firefighters to safety.
The two injured firefighters were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and treated for third-degree burns on their hands and faces. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends during this difficult time.
OSHA has fined a Millersville-based company for 12 violations that it says contributed to a fatal explosion this summer.
A 28 year-old father of three from Nashville died from injuries he sustained in the explosion and another man suffered severe burns. A total of $46,600 in fines has been brought against the company that sells and builds dredging equipment.
In July, a flash fire explosion was started by a light that ignited paint vapors inside a pontoon boat workers were painting. OSHA found many health and safety violations, such as inadequate ventilation, not training employees safety duties in confined spaces, failing to use explosion-proof lighting, among others.
A Knoxville man is at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after he suffered severe burn injuries to the top half of his body. Just before ten o’clock last Thursday night, the family heard a popping sound outside. The man went outside only to discover that there was a fire on their trailer’s wooden deck.
He tried to put the fire out by stomping on it, but ended up burning half of his body. His wife, their two children, as well as two neighbors and their children were inside when the fire started but were able to escape unharmed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.