Equipment explodes, injuring North Hills pool

NORTHERN HILLS, W.Va. (WTAP) – A chlorine device exploded at the North Hills swimming pool, injuring one person.

The Waverly Volunteer Fire Department, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Department and St. Joseph Ambulance Service were all at the North Hills Pool on Thursday in the early after- midday.

Waverly VFD captain Chip Umstot said when his team arrived officials rounded up everyone at the pool into a “safe zone”.

The call was for an explosion inside the filtration building.

“It was the building just outside the perimeter of the pool. It’s a mixed house where they do the chlorine filtration for the pool,” Umstot explained.

“They were refilling the filter cylinder with chlorine and a chain of events happened that we are trying to determine and the cylinder exploded,” he said.

A pool staff member was taken to a local hospital with injuries that appeared to be minor, according to Umstot.

He said there were no more injuries and the only damage to the facility was to the chlorine cylinder itself.

North Hills Mayor Dale Baumgartner will lead the investigation into the cause of the incident with the help of the pool board and city council.

Baumgartner said the pool was closed immediately after the incident and staff would implement safety measures so the pool could reopen.

This is a developing story, so WTAP will keep you posted on updates.

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