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Death of contractor in Lemoore water tank explosion could have been prevented, city manager says

Lemoore, CA (KFSN)-Lemoore city officials now say they were able to prevent the tragic death of contractors from a water tank explosion.

On June 21, a 1.5 million gallon water tank exploded, killing 41-year-old Dion Jones.

Jones was a longtime employee of a Southern California-based construction company. He left behind his wife and three children.

Mayor Nathan Olson says Jones did not perform a safety check procedure before welding to the tank, leading to an explosion.

Olson warned Jones of a dangerous situation and said he may have stopped welding.

As a result of the investigation, the city now warns that plumbers in water systems and tight spaces need to test the area in advance to see if gas is present.

The city is still working to test and approve the new water system for use by the state.

An explosion at the Station 7 water facility took three wells in the city offline, limiting water in the area.

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