Cause, origin of Hanover warehouse explosion still unknown

Photos provided by Hanover Fire-EMS show a partially collapsed building surrounded by scattered cinderblocks and debris.

Photos provided by Hanover Fire-EMS show a partially collapsed building surrounded by scattered cinderblocks and debris.

The structural damage to the building was too intensive for Hanover investigators to determine the cause of a fiery explosion at a nondescript warehouse on Washington Highway.

Monday morning, Battalion Chief Jason Williams, of Hanover Fire-EMS, said investigators could not “conclusively determine the cause” after being allowed entry into the building.

The initial call was dispatched around 4 a.m. Dec. 18 for a report of an explosion. Upon arrival in the 11000 block of S. Washington Highway, crews discovered heavy fire and smoke. One individual was transported to VCU Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Photos provided by Hanover Fire-EMS show a partially collapsed building surrounded by scattered cinderblocks and debris.
The building contained typical construction supplies and “nothing out of the ordinary” that might be directly to blame for the explosion, Williams said.

Shortly after the incident, investigators were not being allowed entry into the now-condemned structure. The investigation remained on hold until a structural engineer and construction crew arrived on scene, allowing crews to assess the structure and begin moving debris.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm