Steamboat men OK after Kremmling explosion
August 25, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Two Steamboat Springs men injured in a house explosion in Kremmling on Tuesday afternoon are in stable condition and recovering at University Hospital in Denver, a friend said Wednesday.
Jordan Worden and Nate Gould, both 23, suffered minor burns when fumes from a primer they were using in the home's crawl space ignited and caused an explosion at about 3 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Kremmling. The men were rushed to Kremmling Memorial Hospital and then flown to University Hospital, Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade said.
Jon Sanders, a Steamboat Springs resident and friend of the men, visited them in the hospital Tuesday.
"They're in good shape," Sanders said. "They definitely had some angels on their shoulders. They were in a crawl space when the place exploded."
According to police, the men were performing mold remediation on behalf of Dry Masters, a Steamboat-based company. A phone message left with the company was not returned Wednesday.
Spade said the explosion is thought to be the result of a buildup of vapors from the primer the men were using to seal the home's floor joists and underside of the subfloor. The ignition source that caused the explosion has not been identified.
Both men left the crawlspace under their own power, Spade said. A Kremmling Police Department officer hosed the men down with a garden hose before they were transferred by Grand County Emergency Medical Services personnel to the Kremmling hospital.
Sanders said the men suffered burns to their hands, arms and legs. Their faces were protected from burns by the masks and ventilators they were wearing at the time.
Sanders said the men are expected to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days.
Sanders and others are looking into hosting a fundraiser to help "get them over the hump until they can work again." He said neither has medical insurance. Details of the fundraiser have not been finalized.