Three injured in explosion, building collapse at business near Prince George line

By: Michael Campbell, News Editor

PETERSBURG – Crews continue to investigate what caused an explosion at a medical waste treatment facility in Petersburg that sent three people to an area hospital and rattled nearby homes and businesses.

According to Petersburg Fire and EMS Emergency Coordinator Mark Milazzo, emergency crews responded to the Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services building in the 1900 block of Puddledock Road, near the intersection of East Washington Street just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The explosion caused heavy damage to the large building that sits off to the side of a linking artery of Prince George and the city of Petersburg, with a gaping hole being left in the building and piles of cinder blocks falling onto a car parked nearby.

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Three people were taken to Southside Regional Medical Center in the city for treatment, but the extent of their injuries is unknown.

As storms approached, crews from several agencies, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and workers with Columbia Gas of Virginia, worked to secure the scene and determine a cause of the powerful explosion.

According to the company’s website, Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services, based in Maryland, “provides comprehensive medical waste solutions to some of the largest hospitals and institutions in America,” managing medical, solid, and hazardous waste, along with construction and demolition materials, among others.

Puddledock Road between East Washington Street and Industrial Drive was closed for much of Friday afternoon into the evening, with law enforcement officials not providing a timetable for its re-opening.

Stay with The Prince George Journal for the latest information on this developing story.

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