2 dead, 4 critically injured in industrial accident at Florida power plant
The accident reportedly occurred in unit 2 of the facility, as routine maintenance was being carried out at a slag tank, fire officials told reporters in a Thursday evening press conference.
Four people were taken to Tampa General Hospital as a result of a burn incident that occurred around 4:30pm Thursday, WFLA reported. The news outlet reported a helicopter airlifting at least two people.
The coal-fired plant is owned by TECO Energy.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tweeted that it was in "rescue mode" and assisting the fire department.
DEVELOPING: The scene is very active and @HillsFireRescue is operating in rescue mode.— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) June 29, 2017
"Early preliminary information is pointing to an industrial accident," HC Fire Rescue tweeted.
HCFR is still in a rescue mode at the TECO plant. Early preliminary information is pointing to an industrial accident. pic.twitter.com/MALkKU1CKm— Hillsborough County (@HillsFireRescue) June 29, 2017
The county's forensics investigators was also on scene.