Worker killed in Army depot explosion died of burns

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – A coroner says a civilian employee died in a fire and explosion at a Military facility in Pennsylvania died of burns.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office on Friday identified the victim as 29-year-old Eric Byers, a resident of one of the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Byers was pronounced dead just after 7 a.m. Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The coroner’s office says Byers was the handling of chemicals when a flash-fire.

Four other civilian employees injured in the fire in Letterkenny Army Depot. The depot’s commander says two remain in hospital in critical but stable condition.

The explosion and fire in a painting area for vehicles on Thursday morning in the factory in Chambersburg, about 160 miles (260 km) west of Philadelphia. The cause is under investigation.

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