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Tanker truck explosion hospitalizes two in Fairfield County

The Fairfield County Sheriff Lieutenant Alex Lape said a septic retrieval truck exploded in the 2300 block of Horns Mill Road near Lancaster. (WSYX/WTTE)

One person was hospitalized after a reported truck explosion in Fairfield County Wednesday morning.

Fairfield County Sheriff Lieutenant Alex Lape said a septic retrieval truck exploded in the 2300 block of Horns Mill Road near Lancaster. Captain Craig Murdoch with Berne Twp. later confirmed it was a tanker truck containing hydrocarbons.

He said the truck is brought in to HAZMAT scenes to clean up fuel in most cases including old fuel tanks from underground.

Murdoch said the truck contained a mix of water and old gasoline. It was in a "workshop-like" building at an environmental salvage business at the time of the explosion.

The explosion reportedly happened while the truck was thawing in the building because of the cold.

Murdoch said two workers were hurt: 46-year-old Brian Stebleton was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center with face and hand burns. The other worker, yet to be identified, was taken to Fairfield Medical Center.

Investigators are now working to determine the cause.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to update this breaking news story.

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