1 person dead in large oil tank explosion in Muhlenberg Co.

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Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 9:43 AM CST
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MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Fire officials confirm one person is dead after an oil tank explosion in Muhlenberg County.

According to the Greenville Fire Department, just after 8 a.m. Monday, fire officials received a call for an oil well explosion at the 2300 block of Highway 853, just before the Teddleton Lane intersection.

Fire officials say they arrived to two oil tanks that had blown with heavy fire showing.

Officials say fire suppression was started upon arrival, and was extinguished with 275 gallons of foam and 12,000 gallons of water.

Fire officials confirm one adult male was located 100 feet from the oil well unresponsive with no pulse.

Officials say the adult male was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead by the Muhlenberg County Coroners Office.

Fire officials say a second adult male was transported to the hospital for respiratory issues.

On Tuesday, officials said that person was released from the hospital.

The situation is still under investigation.

This was a live picture at 11 a.m.

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