Third worker dies after Gallatin plant fire

8:53 AM, Jul 15, 2011   |    comments
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A third employee of a Middle Tennessee metal powders plant has died, following a May fire at the facility.

Fred Tuttle died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday evening, according to WTVF-TV, which quoted a hospital spokesperson.

Tuttle was one of five people who were injured -- three of them critically -- in a May 27 fire at the Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin.

Employees Rick Lester and Eric Hulsey died in June from their injuries.

The fire was blamed on hydrogen gas leaking from a corroded pipe.

Two other workers died from a flash fire at the plant in January.

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