Worker injured at Palm Harbor Homes plant in northwest Fort Worth

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A worker was burned Monday afternoon in an electrical explosion and fire at a plant in northwest Fort Worth that makes manufactured homes, a fire department spokesman said.

The worker was taken by helicopter ambulance from the Palm Harbor Homes plant in the 6900 block of Bowman Roberts Road to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Engineer Tim Hardeman said.

Firefighters were called at 2:46 p.m., according to fire department records.

“A worker was working around an electrical panel when the explosion occurred,” Hardeman said. “The injured worked suffered burns from a flash fire/high energy arc.”

The injuries “did not appear to be life-threatening,” he said.

“He was conscious and alert when he was transported” to the hospital, Hardeman said.

The first firefighters on scene reported flames in a large electrical panel.

Firefighters were “hampered by the fact that the electrical panel was still energized until Oncor arrived and cut power to the building,” he said.

Firefighters cut into a wall to make sure the fire was out; no other flames were found, Hardeman said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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