Man injured in Jerseyville propane explosion dies -

Man injured in Jerseyville propane explosion dies

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A worker injured in a southwestern Illinois propane explosion last week has died.
   Thirty-nine-year-old James Smith of Alton died Sunday at a suburban St. Louis hospital of injuries sustained six days earlier in the explosion in Jerseyville.
   Police have said Smith was pumping propane into a storage tank near the Updike's Jerseyville Gas Service when the blast happened, damaging three homes and leaving him severely burned.
   Three homes were damaged in the blast.
   Police suspect a leaking hose caused the explosion. Officials with the state fire marshal and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
   Jerseyville is about 40 miles north of St. Louis.
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   APTV 09-22-10 1324CDT

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