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Jul 30, 2013 5:36 PM by NBC News

Human error and equipment malfunction eyed in massive fire at Florida propane facility

(NBC News) A massive fire in central Florida overnight after some 50,000 propane tanks cause exploded and caught fire at a Blue Rhino propane facility in the city of Tavares.

All the workers from the plant have been accounted for following the series of explosions. As many as 15 workers at the Blue Rhino propane plant had been feared killed, but the sheriff in Lake County says they all have been found safe.

There were seven injuries. The explosions hit the Tavares City plant late Monday night and went on for about an hour.

Arial footage of the scene early Tuesday morning showed fires still burning over a large area shooting large flames and plumes of smoke into the night sky. Emergency crews could also be seen massing nearby.

Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders says the blasts occurred inside the plant and blew the roof off.

Lake County officials said seven people were injured. An Orlando Regional Medical Center spokeswoman said two critical burn patients were flown there.

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