One Person Injured in Fire at Eglin Explosives Research Laboratory

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A 96th Test Wing firefighter gears up for a structural fire training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. (Samuel King Jr./U.S. Air Force)
A 96th Test Wing firefighter gears up for a structural fire training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. (Samuel King Jr./U.S. Air Force)

One person was injured in a late Thursday morning fire on the main portion of Eglin Air Force Base, according to a brief statement from the 96th Test Wing's public affairs office.

First responders from the 96th Test Wing responded to the fire at the Air Force Research Laboratory's High Explosives Research and Development Facility at 11:30 a.m., and had contained the blaze by 1 p.m., according to base spokesperson Ilka Cole.

Cole could not say early Thursday afternoon whether the fire occurred inside or outside the research facility, saying only that an investigation into the blaze was ongoing as of approximately 2 p.m.

The injured person was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, according to the statement from Eglin AFB.

Additional details will be forthcoming from the base as they become available, according to the statement.

This article is written by Jim Thompson from Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

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