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Initial findings released from Eglin fire suppression system investigation
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- The Air Force has released its initial findings in a deadly accident on Eglin Air Force Base.
It happened in King Hangar on January 8th.
31-year-old Jonathan Lord was killed and three others were treated for inhalation injuries.
According to the Air Force report, freezing temperatures caused a pipe in the sprinkler system to burst.
The fire suppression system then activated itself.
Over seventeen feet of foam poured into the building.
The hanger and an attached building were evacuated and Eglin officials say they accounted for every employee.
But, the Air Force says after the system was shut down, four contractors went back into the building, after it was closed.
Major General Arnold Bunch Jr. "They went up and observed, and then they lost situational awareness.
They entered into an elevator on the third floor, and they pushed the button to go to the first floor.
When they got to the first floor and the doors opened, they were immediately engulfed in the foam as it rushed into the elevator."
Eglin authorities say the fire suppression system will remain uncharged and turned off, until they complete their investigation.