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August 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Gas fireplace causes explosion at fair, injures 2

The explosion at the Evergreen State Fair that injured two people Monday afternoon was caused by a gas fireplace, part of Monroe Fireplace and Stove’s vendor exhibit.

It blew up when gas collected inside and ignited as an employee was turning it, a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

The fireplace’s glass door shattered, injuring the man and a female coworker, said Bronlea Mishler, a Snohomish public-information officer. The man was taken to the hospital and the woman was treated by medics at the scene. Mishler and a Monroe Fireplace and Stove employee said both of the injured people are OK.

“As much as we don’t want this to happen, it went as well as it could have,” Mishler said.

No fair attendees were injured, and the vendor has been allowed to continue at its tent.

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