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Update: Longview explosion victim dies

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – Casey Scott Wallace, 36, has been identified as the victim of an explosion that rocked a Longview scrap yard, Friday morning.  Johnny Zachary, Longview Fire Marshal said Wallace died shortly after arriving at Parkland Hospital, last night.

Friday morning around 9:00, some residents of Longview thought they felt an earthquake. Their homes rattled and shook from a shock wave that turned out to be an explosion at Youngblood's Scrap and Metals, in the 1200 block of Highway 31 South.

"Longview Fire Department received a call about an explosion at this scrap metal yard. On arrival, firefighters found a 36-year-old male with critical burns," said Zachary.

The man was using a cutting torch to cut metal into smaller pieces when his torch came in contact with a tank that held flammable liquid, erupting into flames.

"It was ruptured and melted down from the remaining fuel that was in that tank. A cutting torch was being used to cut the bed rails of a vehicle up into smaller pieces. It is hard to know whether he knew there was fuel in it or not," Zachary stated.

Investigators said the problem was that there should not have been fuel in the tank, and that any salvage vehicle should have no fuel remaining in the tank.

The tank exploded, engulfing the victim in flames. The victim's body was nearly completely burned.

OSHA was called in to investigate with help from the Longview Fire Department.

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