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UPDATE: Greenup County Man Dies Following Backyard Explosion


UPDATE 12/4/13 @ 7:20 a.m.
GREENUP, Ky (WSAZ) -- A Greenup man has died following a backyard explosion.

William "Rick" Bush, 44, of Alcorn Road, was cutting up automobile gas tanks for scrap Monday afternoon when the explosion happened. Bush was critically burned in the explosion.

Family members tell WSAZ.com that Bush died early Wednesday morning at Cabell Huntington Hospital from complications with those burns.

"I've seen a lot of horrible things on the job," says Deputy Ryan Houston, "This was just tragic. The force of the explosion blew him at least 20 feet."

"The fumes in those gas tanks can be highly combustible," Sheriff Keith Cooper said. "In talking with family at the hospital, Mr. Bush has burns on about 80 percent of his body."

Bush was a local glass factory employee and race car advocate.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/3/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky (WSAZ) -- A backyard explosion has a Greenup man fighting for his life.

William "Rick" Bush, 44, of Alcorn Road, was cutting up automobile gas tanks for scrap Monday afternoon when the explosion happened.

"I've seen a lot of horrible things on the job," says Deputy Ryan Houston, "This was just tragic. The force of the explosion blew him at least 20 feet."

"The fumes in those gas tanks can be highly combustible," Sheriff Keith Cooper said. "In talking with family at the hospital, Mr. Bush has burns on about 80 percent of his body."

Bush is a local glass factory employee and race car advocate.

"He was doing what he loved," Houston said. "He's a good man; this is horrible."

Bush's dog, Maddy, seen in this photo, was at his side when help arrived.

As of Tuesday, Bush was listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital's burn unit.


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