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CT Carpenters working at site of Sunday blast
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Union Carpenters in Connecticut were among those working at the site of a gas power plant under construction in Middletown where an explosion killed five workers and injured at least 12 on Sunday.

Identities of the deceased and injured workers have not been released by public or plant officials. A pipefitter, Raymond Dobratz, 57 of Old Saybrook, was confirmed dead to the New York Times by his son. Dobratz was a member of Connecticut Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 777.

Local 24 Business Manager Chuck Appleby said that 20 union carpenters had been working on the site and have all been accounted for, though several are suffering from various levels of injuries.

The explosion occurred about 11:30am Sunday morning and could be felt up to 20 miles from the site. The nearest residences are a mile away and officials are saying there is no ongoing public safety threat. The Kleen Power plant was reported to be in a testing phase when the accident occurred and the incident is not being investigated as a terrorist act, but the cause of the explosion is not yet known. Construction on the plant had started in 2008 and the 620 megawatt plant was scheduled to come online this fall.

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