An apparent steam explosion at a Veterans Affairs Hospital maintenance building in Connecticut killed two people, officials said, and a third was missing.
“We received a report this morning of an explosion at the West Haven campus of the Connecticut Healthcare System, resulting in two deaths in a non-sick care area,” Virginia Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement.
Neither victim was a VA patient and patient care was not affected. The statement said emergency personnel are at the site … our prayers are with the families of the victims of this explosion.
Max Reiss, a spokesman for Governor Ned Lamont, said a third person was missing.
West Haven firefighters described the accident as a “steam explosion” at facilities built a short distance from the hospital, according to their union on Facebook.
State and federal investigators responded, Brian Foley, a senior aide to State Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella, said in a text message earlier. He referred to an “explosion accident” that resulted in “serious injuries.”
The campus area where the explosion occurred was recorded late, but people were allowed in and out of the main hospital building.
Federal Administration of Occupational Health and Safety spokesman Jim Laley said the department is looking into what happened.