Fire Marshal: Victim Triggered Plant Explosion

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky state fire marshal's office has concluded that a man who was killed in last week's explosion at a plant in Ashland triggered the explosion when he opened an access panel to a high-pressure gas line.

The fire marshal's office released that finding on Tuesday and said 61-year-old Forrest Finley of Milton, W.Va., had intended to work on a nearby electrical panel instead at AK Steel's coke plant. Finley worked for a contractor, Dixon Electrical Systems and Contracting.

The explosion and fire happened last Thursday.

Spokesman Dick Brown of the Public Protection Cabinet, which includes the fire marshal's office, said the Kentucky Office of Safety and Health Compliance was still investigating. Brown said he didn't know whether the panels were marked.

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