Woman, Child Injured in Fla. Hyperbaric Explosion

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) - A woman and child were
airlifted to a South Florida trauma center after an explosion in a
hyperbaric chamber facility near Fort Lauderdale.

Broward County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Jachles says a deputy
raced through heavy smoke and pulled the boy out of a chamber that
seemed on fire. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was rescued
by fire crews.

Jachles said both victims were critically burned. Authorities did not immediately identify the two, but Jachles said it was not a mother and son.

Four blocks around the multilevel Lauderdale-by-the-Sea office building remained cordoned off hours after the explosion. Jachles says the hyperbaric facility was just one of several businesses that operated near the beach there, but officials were still gathering information about the kinds of treatment it offered.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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