Worker killed in Army depot explosion died of burns

The Associated Press

CHAMBERSBURG – A civilian worker killed in a fire and explosion at an Army facility in Pennsylvania died from burns, officials announced Friday.

Letterkenny Army Depot Commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter, leads a press conference about an explosion in a paint shop that injured workers Thursday morning, July 19, 2018 at Letterkenny Army Depot, in Chambersburg, Pa. (Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion/via AP)

The Lehigh County coroner’s office identified the victim as Eric Byers, a resident of central Pennsylvania.

Byers was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The coroner’s office said Byers, 29, of Satillo, was handling chemicals when a flash fire occurred.

His death was ruled accidental.

Four other civilian employees were injured in the fire at Letterkenny Army Depot.

The depot’s commander said Friday that two victims remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Two others were treated at local hospitals and released.

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“The entire Letterkenny family is mourning this loss,” the depot commander, Col. Stephen Ledbetter, said in a statement. “We continue to keep the families and all of our teammates in our thoughts and prayers.”

Employees evacuate the area following an incident Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.. A small explosion Thursday in a vehicle shop at the Army depot injured at least four workers, three of them seriously, officials said. (Markell DeLoatch/Public Opinion via AP)

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The blast and fire occurred Thursday morning in a painting area for vehicles at the facility in Chambersburg, about 160 miles west of Philadelphia.

The cause is under investigation.

The 18,000-acre depot handles air defense tactical missile ground support equipment, mobile electric power generation equipment, Patriot missile recertification and route guidance vehicles.