Victims identified in Hastings-on-Hudson tank explosion

Police say the underground tank that was being removed at a Hastings-on-Hudson home was filled with fuel when it exploded, killing two men.

Police say the underground tank that was being removed at a Hastings-on-Hudson home was filled with fuel when it exploded, killing two men. (5/8/15)

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON - Police have identified the two men who were killed in a tank explosion in Hastings-on-Hudson.

The blast happened Thursday afternoon at 65 Hillside Ave.

Police say Mora Segundo, 50, and Luis Jacho, 52, from Ossining, were killed while trying to excavate an underground oil tank from behind a multifamily home.

According to Hastings police, their preliminary investigation shows that gasoline may have been inside the tank that exploded.

"The tank was sealed, the vapors may have built up in the tank, and when the worker went to cut into the tank with a saw, the sparks ignited the vapors causing the explosion," said Hastings Police Chief Anthony Visalli.

Police say that Three D Industrial Maintenance in Hawthorne, the company the two men worked for, is licensed to do the type of work and serve as contractors for the state. But Segundo’s family is blaming the company for the tragedy.

Segundo’s brother, Sergio, says that his brother was not trained in tank removal and shouldn’t have been on the job.

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