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Explosion in Surprise sends 8 fire fighters to the hospital

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PHOENIX — Eight fire fighters were sent to the hospital after suffering injuries from an explosion at the McMicken Energy Storage facility in Surprise on Friday night.

Four fire fighters each from the Surprise Fire-Medical Department and Peoria Fire Department were each sent for evaluation.

One Peoria fire fighter suffered critical injuries and underwent emergency surgery. He is now in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Two others from Peoria suffered serious injuries ,while the fourth was discharged from the hospital on Friday.

None of the injuries suffered to the four Surprise Fire-Medical Department fire fighters were life threatening.

Surprise was the first to report to the scene after a citizen had observed smoke coming from the facility.

After arrival, the Peoria HAZMAT team was called to assist and the explosion occurred while HAZMAT was assessing the situation.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The McMicken Energy Storage facility operates as an energy storage unit for APS.

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