One dead after tank explosion in Kanawha County

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m., Oct. 10, 2020 – A Kanawha County business has released the name of a man who died in an explosion Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Custom Welding and Fabrication says owner Jeff Crockett died in the accident. Crockett ran the shop with his son, Eric, while his wife Cheryl ran the office.

“As most people know, our business is a family run business,” the family said on the business’s Facebook page. “On Wednesday we suffered a massive blow when Jeff lost his life in a tragic accident If everyone could please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this tough time. As a result of this our shop is currently closed. And we will let everyone know when we are able to reopen.”

Wednesday, the Office of the West Virginia Fire Marshal said Crockett was welding on a tank of a vehicle when some residual fuel leftover caused the explosion. Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said the office was looking at the incident as an accident.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — One person is dead following an explosion at a welding and fabric plant in Jefferson, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Kanawha County Sheriff Michael Rutherford says the victim, whose identity has not been released yet, was welding a tank around 2 p.m. inside the Custom Welding and Fabrication facility, located in the 5800 block of MacCorkle Avenue.

“Fortunately, there was only one other person in that part of the building. It’s just one of those tragic accidents,” he said.

According to the Office of the West Virginia Fire Marshal, the man was welding on a tank of a vehicle when some residual fuel leftover caused the explosion.

“Right now it looks nothing other than an accident. And that’s the way we’re looking at it,” said Deputy State Fire Marshal, Jason Baltic.

Baltic says OSHA is still investigating. The identity of the man has not yet been released.

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