Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Public safety

One dead, one still hospitalized after inhaling toxic gas

RECOMMENDED READING


TAMPA — A man exposed to toxic gas Thursday evening at the city's wastewater treatment plant at the Port of Tampa has died, police said Friday.

Jesus Jimenez, 33, died after the industrial accident, while about a dozen co-workers and city firefighters were treated at Tampa General Hospital.

"We are very saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Jimenez and our thoughts and prayers are with the Jimenez family during this difficult time," the Port of Tampa said in a statement released late Friday.

Still hospitalized in good condition Friday was Jacinto Pulido, 31. Police said four other workers were treated and released from Tampa General Hospital: Ghoulam Ali Feiz, 58; Steven Carbeck, 47; Fred Stein, 45; and Miguel Batchlor, no age given. No other information was available on any of the men.

Police said the workers, employees of Lanzo Lining Services, which has offices in Deerfield Beach, were working to get a 96-inch sewer pipe ready for a new liner at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The liner protects the pipe and extends its useful life, officials said, but first it must be cleaned, which is what the workers were doing when they were overcome by fumes.

About 7 p.m., two workers became ill while inside the sewer pipe. Two other workers went down into the pipe to help them, and they, too, were overcome. The remaining workers attempted to render aid to the other four, but were also affected by the fumes.

During the ensuing rescue, six Tampa firefighters were also affected by the fumes and were treated at Tampa General and released.

At 11 p.m., a Tampa Fire Rescue hazardous materials team conducted meter readings of the area surrounding the incident. Hazmat reported normal readings for hydrogen sulfide — a gas that officials suspect the workers had inhaled — but said the pipe and excavation area would need further evaluation.

On Friday, police were working with investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the source of the fumes.

OSHA describes hydrogen sulfide — also known as sewer gas — as a colorless, flammable and extremely hazardous substance common in wastewater treatment. It can smell of rotten eggs and irritate the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system at low concentrations. High concentrations can cause shock and convulsions and can stop a person's breathing.

Comments
Details emerge in suicide of Hernando man accused of sexual abuse

Details emerge in suicide of Hernando man accused of sexual abuse

A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead last week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.The body of Bruce McAllister was found at the bas...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Fire sends smoke through roof of Brass Flamingo adult club in Port Richey

Fire sends smoke through roof of Brass Flamingo adult club in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — Crews from Pasco County fire rescue were battling a fire Wednesday morning that sent smoke pouring through the roof at the Brass Flamingo adult club, 9034 U.S. 19.The fire forced the closing of U.S. 19 but traffic was flowing again by 6...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Mountains beckon, but family sticks with beleaguered Seminole Heights for Thanksgiving this year

Mountains beckon, but family sticks with beleaguered Seminole Heights for Thanksgiving this year

TAMPA — Before the killings began, Bob and Vivian Fiallo envisioned having Thanksgiving at their North Carolina mountain getaway.Most years, the couple spends the holiday at their tidy, brick-faced home on North Olney Avenue, in the heart of Southeas...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

CLEARWATER — The former Pepin Academies executive director who died in a watercraft and boat collision on Sept. 23 had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes someone is impaired, a toxicology report showed. Just befo...
Published: 11/21/17
Pasco Deputies: Man climbs into bed with sleeping woman after multiple burglaries

Pasco Deputies: Man climbs into bed with sleeping woman after multiple burglaries

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man who ended a series of burglaries by breaking into the home of a sleeping woman, where he climbed into her bed, was arrested Monday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.Russel Smith, 42, now faces three felony char...
Published: 11/21/17

28-year-old man shot dead in Spring Hill home, deputies say

SPRING HILL — A 28-year-old man was shot and killed inside a Spring Hill home Monday night, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies responded to at least two separate 911 calls about 8:15 p.m., in which callers reported shots being...
Published: 11/21/17
Crime Stoppers, Straz Foundation still working out Seminole Heights reward money

Crime Stoppers, Straz Foundation still working out Seminole Heights reward money

TAMPA — You can collect $110,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in the Seminole Heights killings, but for now you’ll have to make two stops.The David A. Straz Foundation announced Monday it would contribute $10,000 to a reward f...
Published: 11/21/17

Crash involving bicyclist closes EB lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — Eastbound lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard were reopened by 6:30 a.m. at S Parker Street in downtown Tampa after a bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning.The crash occurred in front of the University of Tampa, according to broadcast reports.W...
Published: 11/21/17
In wake of killings, Seminole Heights hosts supper to thank first responders

In wake of killings, Seminole Heights hosts supper to thank first responders

TAMPAKenny Hoffa surprised everyone when he made the seven-hour drive from Charleston, S.C., to Tampa’s Seminole Heights to attend a dinner set up to thank police for working hard to solve a string of recent killings.For Hoffa, it was an easy decisio...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Another teen fights for his life following reported stolen car crash

Another teen fights for his life following reported stolen car crash

ST. PETERSBURG — Another teenager is fighting for his life after a crash involving a car that was later reported stolen, according to police.The 15-year-old was a passenger in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that hit a tree in the 4000 block of 11th Avenue S...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17