A Martinsburg business owner is in fair condition and reportedly breathing on his own after an explosion and fire at Fennewald Custom Welding LLC.
The incident occurred approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday. Employees were able to escape the building before the explosion without injury, except for the business owner. Owner Craig Fennewald reportedly received second- and third-degree burns to his back and other areas as he was trying to exit the building.
Another employee was noted as shaken up but unharmed in a social media posting. Photos from the incident taken by Wellsville Optic-News indicate portions of the metal frame shop walls were blown out and have partially collapsed. Area residents reported hearing smaller explosions from within the building after the fire began.
Audrain County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene to create a perimeter around the building. Traffic was diverted from the area and deputies assured nonessential personnel were refrained from entering the site. Little Dixie Fire Protection District provided mutual aid to the Martinsburg Fire District.