Two Dead After Explosion At Connecticut VA Hospital

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two people have died and a third person is missing after an apparent steam pipe explosion Friday at a VA medical center in Connecticut.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said the two deaths occurred in a "non-patient care area" of the West Haven VA campus Friday morning.

"Neither of the victims were VA patients, and patient care was not affected," the statement said. "Emergency personnel are on the scene. Our prayers are with the families of the victims of this explosion."

According to the New Haven Register, the local firefighters union said the steam explosion killed two workers in an outside building facility.

"Unfortunately as a result, two workers lost their lives," the union said. "Multiple local, state, and federal agencies remain on scene investigating. Our condolences to the workers who passed away from this tragic incident."

A spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont, Mass Reiss, said a third person was also missing after the explosion.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and State Police with assistance from the FBI, are investigating the incident.

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