UPDATE 1:23 p.m. Two men were injured Sunday morning in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood after two fuel tanks exploded near a boat they were working on.
A 59-year-old man suffered life-threatening second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. A 33-year-old man had serious but not life-threatening burns over 20 percent of his body, Moore said; both men were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. in the 3100 block of West Commodore Way, across from the Ballard locks.
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The men were doing welding work on a 46-foot metal-frame dredger that been drydocked, Moore said, when two nearby 80-gallon fuel tanks caught fire and exploded.
The force of the blast sent one of the tanks over a fence, landing near the Burlington Northern railroad tracks, Moore said.
The injured men’s colleagues quickly put out the blaze with fire extinguishers.