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article imageMiddletown, Connecticut explosion site leaves 5 dead, 12 injured

By KJ Mullins     Feb 9, 2010 in Environment
Middletown - A possible gas pipeline explosion at Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, Connecticut on Sunday has left a small town mourning its dead.
At the time of the explosion there were 50 workers on site. All of those employees have been accounted for. At this time the investigation process has begun along with the clean up effort.
Public information officer Al Santostefano said during a phone interview that the clean-up effort and investigation are going hand in hand.
"There are lots of bottles of gas that have to be removed. As they are being removed the investigation teams are working on gathering evidence. No evidence has yet to be found."
Santostefano said that every agency that was needed in Middletown responded from the beginning and are still on the scene.
While it is still unclear how the explosion happened Santostefano said that this is not a case of terrorism.
The city of Middletown and Kleen Energy have set up multiple crisis hot-lines for the victims of the explosion.
For those who have structural damage to their home or work place: Old Republic Insurance at 1-888-310-9542
For families: The Lexington Group at 1-800-571-0197
Local Pipefitters 777 for their employers: 1-888-545-5101
The Salvation Army will be at City Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families can go to the Mayor's office for assistance.
A victim's family fund has been established through the Mayor's Office. Donations can be made to:
Families of Kleen Energy Tragedy
c/o MiddConn Federal Credit Union
213 Court Street
Middletown, Connecticut
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