Manhole fire sends worker to hospital with minor injuries Wednesday

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A worker is being treated for minor burns and another one suffered minor injuries after a reported manhole fire and explosion at a work site Wednesday morning.

The Chattanooga Fire Department says the men were doing maintenance work on a sewer line when they were injured by a flash fire. Both men managed to get out of the manhole and call 911 for help.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. at 3806 Amnicola Highway.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner says when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was already out.

One man appeared to be suffering from second degree burns and was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital, where his condition was still being assessed. The other man had minor burns and declined to be transported.

Captain Thompson said they are still trying to determine what caused the flash fire. Representatives with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) will also be conducting an investigation of the incident. The two workers are employed by SpectraShield, a subcontractor being used by the City of Chattanooga.

One lane of Amnicola Highway closed while emergency personnel contained the fire, causing a traffic backup for morning commuters.

The closd lane is now back open.

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