Gas explosion injures construction worker at Woodstock retirement community

Part of the Woodstock retirement community is still under construction, fire officials said.

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Part of the Woodstock retirement community is still under construction, fire officials said.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A worker was injured Thursday morning during an explosion inside an elevator shaft at a Woodstock retirement community that’s still partially under construction, fire officials said.

Crews responded to the Holbrook of Woodstock retirement community on Ga. 92 about 11:30 a.m., Woodstock fire Chief Dave Soumas said.

“We did have an explosion in an elevator shaft.” he said. “The good news is that nobody lives here yet."

One worker was taken to the hospital with injuries to his chest and abdomen and later released, authorities said. Crews said no one else was trapped or injured in the incident.

A spokeswoman for Atlanta Gas Light confirmed that a construction contractor was working on a gas line in the basement of the building prior to the explosion. Woodstock fire officials said the explosion caused “extensive damage” to the building’s basement, including walls and doors that were blown out.

A spokeswoman for Holbrook said residents live in the community, but that the building where the explosion occurred is still being built. The worker went to the hospital for observation at the urging of coworkers and is expected to be back on the job Friday, she said in an emailed statement.

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