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State Fire Marshal's Office concludes investigation of Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 15:51:47-05

The State Fire Marshal’s Office concluded their investigation into the Gatesville Coryell Memorial Hospital Explosion in June.

According to the fire marshal’s office, the area of origin was in the boiler and mechanical rooms. A pocket of natural gas within the flammability limits was contained in the mechanical rooms.

The report said a pocket of natural gas within the flammability limits was contained in the mechanical room, which caused the large explosion. The first fuel ignited was natural gas.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office report said:

Upon the conclusion of the origin and cause investigation, the fire is classified as undetermined. Although the specific ignition source was not identified during the investigation, there was no evidence to suggest that this incident was the result of an intentional act or of the natural causes. Evidence tended to suggest that this was a construction accident.

The investigation will be closed.

The Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion happened on June 26. The explosion killed three people and caused injury to 16 individuals total.

The hospital released the following statement: 

Coryell Memorial received the Texas Fire Marshals report of the explosion that occurred in a new construction area of our hospital. The report confirms our belief that the explosion was a construction related natural gas accident. Coryell Health's focus will continue to be serving our community and patients while moving forward with completion of our campus-wide expansion and renovation. 

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