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Man dies, another in critical condition after being overcome by fumes

November 15, 2011 |  7:39 pm

Fullerton paint company
Two workers cleaning out a storage tank at a Fullerton paint company were overcome by powerful fumes that left one of them dead and the other in critical condition, police said Tuesday evening.

The 62-year-old man died at a hospital after he was found by a co-worker Tuesday afternoon at Vista Paints on east Orangethorpe Avenue, the Fullerton Police Department said.

The man and another worker were unconscious inside the tank, which they had been cleaning with a paint-stripping chemical, Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said. The second worker was 45.

Goodrich said there appeared to be no criminal misconduct. The names of the two victims were not released.

The incident was being investigated Tuesday night by Cal-OSHA.


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Photo: Vista Paints. Credit: KTLA Channel 5