Coroner: Workers suffocated in power plant fire |

Coroner: Workers suffocated in power plant fire

DENVER (AP) ” Five workers trapped by a fire in a water tunnel at a hydroelectric plant died from asphyxiation because of the smoke, the Clear Creek County coroner said.

The men died Oct. 2 while working to coat the inside of the pipeline with a mixture of epoxy and paint in order to prevent corrosion. Four men escaped.

The epoxy and paint mixture was kept in a hopper to warm it up so it would flow through a sprayer. The workers were having trouble spraying it so they added a solvent to the hopper and the hopper’s heating element inadvertently turned on, igniting the vapors.

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