On Tuesday afternoon, the boiler room of an under-construction building at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville exploded and killed 2: a Rogers man was killed at the scene, while a man from Round Rock succumbed to his injuries while getting treatment in Temple. The blast injured 15 others, many of whom suffered severe burns.
The Round Rock man was reportedly an employee of Network Controls, while the Rogers man and most of the injured reportedly work for Lochridge-Priest, the subcontractor working on the hospital expansion project. As we reported earlier, Coryell Memorial was undergoing an expansion of their main hospital facility, which included plans for a plant that would house the boiler. It was this site that exploded, although state fire marshals are still investigating why.
Atmos Energy Mid-Tex reported a natural gas explosion to the state oil-and-gas regulation commission on the same day as the boiler explosion. The commission will investigate any potential causes linked to pipeline violations. At the moment, Atmos did not report any results from its "leak survey" done around the hospital after the explosion.
While the hospital has received back control of their facilities (except for the explosion site), Coryell Memorial Hospital remains closed. Hospital CEO David Byrom said his staff hopes to have the ER and clinics reopened next week.
Our hospital explosion lawyers hope for the speedy recovery of those who were injured and a conclusive investigation that reveals what happened so it can't happen again.