A hired contractor suffered life-threatening injuries after an explosion at Carniceria La Rancherita Friday morning.
Turlock fire, police, and medical services responded to La Rancherita, located on the corner of West Main Street and South Soderquist Road, at 11:24 a.m. on report of a possible explosion, said Turlock police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
Emergency services found a contractor, who had been working on a refrigerator unit on the side of the Carniceria, had suffered life-threatening injuries to the left side of his body and was transported to a local hospital, said Lewis.
A friend of one of the victim’s children told TurlockCityNews.com that the victim was in surgery as of 3:24 p.m., and his arm had been blown off in the explosion.
The current condition of the victim is unknown at this time.
The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time, and is currently under investigation, said Lewis.
The victim was an independent contractor who had reportedly been working at the Carniceria for quite some time, Lewis said. He had been working working on a refrigeration unit near the back of the business.
Carniceria La Rancherita closed after the explosion, but has since reopened.
Central Valley TV published a video that includes an interview with an employee explaining how he immediately helped the contractor who was injured in the explosion at La Rancherita in Turlock. Watch the video at this link.