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MILTON, GA., July 15, 2010 - Birmingham Highway (Ga. 372) is closed between Dorris and Providence roads due to a fire. Drivers should use the posted detour on site.
Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty said the fire started when a Georgia Power crew was replacing a power line pole north of Dorris Road. At 1:31 p.m. the drill used to dig a new hole hit a gas line, sparking an explosion.
A Georgia Power worker at the site was caught in the explosion and jumped some 30 feet from a work truck's bucket to escape the flames. He sustained burns over 80 percent of his body and was flown by helicopter to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital.
The identity of the injured man has not been released pending notification of his family. His condition is not known at this time.
Milton police arrived on scene within two minutes of the incident being reported. Milton and Alpharetta fire units fought the blaze until shortly before 4 p.m., when the gas line was capped and the flames died out.
Crews are still on scene and a timeline for the cleanup has not yet been established.
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