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Civilian contractor dies in accident on Eglin Air Force Base
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - One civilian contractor died and three were treated with inhalation injuries after an incident at King Hangar today when the fire suppression system dispensed an unknown amount of foam.
Defense Support Services (DS2) employs the contractors; two of the three injured were treated on base and released. One was transported to White Wilson Medical Center.
The incident occurred at approximately noon. The cause of the incident is under investigation at this time.
There were five aircraft in the hangar at the time of the incident.
The 90,000 square-foot hanger was built in 1955 and named for test pilot, Maj. Lyle R. King, who was killed in an F-86 crash here in September 1954.
The hangar is considered a historical Korean War-era facility.
The suppression system, which has 24 foam generators suspended from the ceiling, releases a suppressant similar to soap or dish detergent.
A similar incident occurred in May 2012 without serious injury. More information will be provided when available.