6:43 PM EST, November 16, 2012
A man has been severely burned in an explosion at Yoder Oil Company, according to a WSBT reporter at the scene.
This happened around 3 p.m. Manny Singh, a manager at Yoder's Truck Stop, told our reporter he heard a very loud explosion originating at the Yoder Oil property, which is right next door.
A man working on an elevated platform was using a torch to cut some metal, when a nearby tank that looks to be 2 stories tall erupted in flames, Singh said.
"He was on fire when he fell down," said Singh, "he was burned pretty bad."
A large tank appeared heavily damaged, leaning severely to one side, which black soot along one side. Police were on-scene interviewing witnesses.
The extent of the man's injuries are unknown at this time. A helicopter was called immediately upon dispatch. The victim was driven to Elkhart Airport where he was flown by a Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne burn center, according to the airport director.
According to its website, Yoder Oil is a company that supplies lubricants and fuel to industrial customers. A company representative declined to comment on what happened.
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