Bridge Named in Honor of Firefighter Killed in Explosion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A bridge in Beckley has been named in honor of a volunteer firefighter killed in a 2007 explosion.

The Fire Captain Fred Burroughs Memorial Bridge was dedicated Saturday.

The bridge on the East Beckley Bypass spans Cranberry Creek.

Burroughs was among four people killed when a propane gas explosion leveled the Little General Store in Ghent in January 2007.

He was a a member of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board used the Ghent explosion to create a training video called "Half an Hour to Tragedy."

The title came from the time that passed as propane leaking from a tank filled the store and eventually ignited.

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