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Maine men injured in sulfur explosion identified

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has released the names of the three men injured Wednesday in an explosion at Northeast Agricultural Sales in Detroit. (WVII)

DETROIT (WGME) -- The State Fire Marshal’s Office has released the names of the three men injured Wednesday in an explosion at Northeast Agricultural Sales in Detroit.

Fire investigators say the explosion took place in an empty 86-foot-tall silo used to store sulfur.

Officials say 50-year-old Lee Gustin, of Cambridge, and 36-year-old Clarence Rider, of Pittsfield, were taken to Sabasticook Hospital after complaining of respiratory issues.

Officials say 62-year-old Anthony Towers, of Newport, suffered extensive burns and was taken to Maine Medical Center.

Investigators say Towers and Rider were both on top of the silo working.

Towers was using a shovel to clean out dust and sulfur when a spark set off the explosion, which caught his clothing on fire.

Towers’ clothing was extinguished by Rider, before both men climbed down a ladder to the ground.

Gustin was working on the ground and came to assist the two men, after they climbed down.

The LifeFlight helicopter flew Towers to Portland.

Investigators continue to work on what caused the spark.

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