SHEPHERDSVILLE - A cap blown off a boiler left a local business owner in critical condition.
Shepherdsville and Mount Washington fire units responded to a garage fire call at Palomino Records Pressing, 2818 Highway 44 East, just after 5 p.m. Monday.
According to Col. Layne Troutman, Shepherdsville Fire chief, the business owner, Tom Dillander, was injured when a cap was blown off by steam pressure during a routine inspection by the state’s chief boiler inspector.
“It didn’t actually explode,” said Troutman. “The cap came off while the owner was in the vicinity.”
Dillander was immediately transported by Bullitt County EMS to the University of Louisville Hospital’s Burn Unit. He was listed in critical condition, according to Troutman, with a high percentage of burns to his body.
“He was exposed to the high pressure,” said Troutman. “(The steam) was over 300 degrees according to the inspector.”
Troutman said both fire departments routinely received dispatch calls to the location due to heavy smoke from the boilers. He said both companies responded due to the building’s proximity to the Shepherdsville city limits.
“(The company) let Mount Washington know earlier that day that the inspector was coming to check the boiler,” Troutman said.
No structural damage to the building was indicated, Troutman added.