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Man hurt when oxygen tank explodes, burns Bloomfield house

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Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m.

One man was hurt in a house fire in Bloomfield in which oxygen tanks exploded Friday morning.

The man, 60, was an upstairs tenant in a duplex in the 4600 block of Friendship Avenue, said Pittsburgh police Sgt. Rich Begenwald, who oversees the arson squad. The man told investigators he was filling oxygen tanks when they exploded. He had third-degree burns to his lower extremities and hands, but was able to walk out of the building on his own and is in stable condition at West Penn Hospital, Begenwald said. Investigators did not release the man's name.

The tenants of the ground-floor unit were not home at the time, he said. The fire was reported at 8:36 a.m. and the building collapsed shortly after 9 a.m.

Investigators plan to interview the injured tenant to determine how the tanks ignited.




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