Man recovering at burn center after fire at Anchor Glass

bpurser@macon.comJuly 27, 2011 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Kathleen man was recovering Tuesday at an Augusta burn center after he was injured in an early morning fire July 20 at Anchor Glass Container Corp. at 1044 Booth Road.

Jason Talton was listed in good condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, said Barclay Bishop, media relations manager for the hospital.

Talton was injured in a “flash fire” about 1:20 a.m. at an outside propane filling station, according to a Warner Robins Fire Department fire report. The station is located in a non-production area outside of the plant where employees refuel tanks for forklifts, Jerry Mills, general manager of the Warner Robins plant, wrote in a statement.

Talton was the technician filling the cylinders, the fire report stated. No one else was injured.

“The gas leak came from a rupture in hose and was extinguished by employee prior to our arrival,” the fire report stated.

The report stated the ignition source was unknown.

“The cause of the fire has yet to be determined,” Jeff Gordon, human resources manager for Anchor Glass, wrote in an e-mail. “The fire was extinguished using a fire extinguisher.”

The fire report stated Talton suffered first degree burns and was taken to Houston Medical Center.

Talton then was evaluated and stabilized for transport by ambulance to the Augusta burn center, said Priscilla Kennedy, spokeswoman for Houston Healthcare.

Mills said in the statement that Talton “continues to receive treatment for his injuries and is expected to return to work in the near future.”

Anchor Glass is conducting an investigation into the fire, Mills wrote in the statement.

“The plant is safe, secure and operating,” Mills wrote.

Companies are required to report an incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the event of a death or the injuries of three or more workers, said Mike Wald, OSHA spokesman. OSHA is not investigating at this time, Wald said Tuesday.

Anchor Glass, with headquarters in Tampa, Fla., is a leading manufacturer in North America of glass containers, according to the company’s website.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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