Explosion at Ohio auto shop leaves 3 people dead, 1 hospitalized

Firefighters fighting fire during training on October 15^ 2009 in Ohio

Authorities confirm that three people are dead and one person hospitalized after an explosion at an auto repair shop in Hillsboro, Ohio. Hillsboro is about 50 miles east of Cincinnati; the Visitors Bureau of Highland County posted a message on social media asking for “continued prayers for our community.”

Local CBS affiliate WKRC reported that the explosion occurred at Jimbo’s Auto Repair at around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The blast was felt at several nearby sites including the Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District, whose crews quickly responded to the scene.  Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Chief David Manning shared that the hospitalized victim remains in stable condition. The names of the victims and further information about them have not been released.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office said that the cause of the explosion remains under investigation Wednesday.  Officials for the U.S. Department of Labor said that the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also at the site as of Wednesday.

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