Fatal explosion at business in Mullica Hill
UPDATE: The man who died in the explosion was identified Wednesday afternoon as 47-year-old Bruce A. Cheeseman of Cedarville.
Authorities are investigating a fatal explosion at a South Jersey business Wednesday morning.
A federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration official confirmed that someone died in the blast at Timberlane Services, located at 413 Swedesboro Road in Harrison Township. A sign in front of the business advertises truck and trailer repairs and welding.
Police received a 911 call around 10:40 a.m. regarding a “commercial accident involving an explosion” at the business, according to an announcement from the Harrison Township Police Department.
The scene has been contained and there is no danger to the public, the police said.
The explosion occurred while the victim was working on a truck inside the facility, according to an official familiar with the case.
Damage appeared to be at the back portion of the building, which is a pole barn-type, single store structure sheathed in aluminum. Police, fire and EMS crews remain on the scene, along with South Jersey Gas.
OSHA has launched an investigation and an inspector is heading to the scene, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and county fire marshal’s office are handling the local investigation, police said.
The prosecutor’s office Chief of Detectives Tom Gilbert confirmed that a man died in the explosion, adding that details of the incident are still being investigated as his office works with multiple agencies.
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