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2 dead in major industrial accident at TECO plant

4 other workers injured at Tampa Electric, Fire Rescue says

APOLLO BEACH, Fla. – Two people were killed and four others were injured Thursday in a major incident involving hazardous materials at a Tampa-area power plant, a TECO spokeswoman said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials said four other patients were being treated at the power plant off Big Bend Road in Apollo Beach.

A TECO spokeswoman said the four other people were injured during an accident which involved routine maintenance on a slag tank. Slag is the waste separated from producing coal.

“Early preliminary information is pointing to an industrial accident,” Hillsborough County Fire Rescue tweeted at 4:43 p.m.

The fire department was operating in “rescue mode” and the scene was still very active as of 5:40 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Some of the injuries included burns, WTSP reported.

Apollo Beach is less than 20 miles south of Tampa.

Check back for updates on this developing story.