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1 dead, 2 injured in storage tank accident

January 21, 2011 |  7:03 am
The three workers were overcome by fumes.

One of three people who were cleaning a medical storage tank Friday morning in Atwater Village has died and the other two were in critical condition after being overcome by fumes, a fire department spokesman said.

The area around 4501 W. Colorado Blvd. was blocked off shortly before 4 a.m. as firefighters rescued the three men, one of whom did not have a pulse, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. They had been working inside a blood storage tank.

Firefighters using CPR revived the worker and rushed all three to a nearby hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other two are in critical condition.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: KTLA

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