On the morning of May 2, roofing contractors with AAA Roofing were doing
their routine work; on this day, they were standing on a platform and
heating asphalt to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a tanker filled with
4,000 gallons of tar and several tanks of propane standing nearby exploded
without warning, launching the two workers off the platform.
They were found 15 feet away, conscious though severely injured. One of
the two men had third-degree burns on 40 to 60 percent of his body, with
hot asphalt covering his face. Though he was conscious, he was not speaking
at the time. The other victim has second-degree burns all over his torso
and suffered a shoulder injury. Both men were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center.
Division Chief for the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, Brent Hayward,
stated that the explosion could have been due to the propane or the asphalt
vapor—they were still investigating the scene as of Monday afternoon.
Chief Hayward also commented that this was a very unique situation, both
in terms of the incident and the damage it caused to the two injured roofers.
Our hearts go out to the injured men, their families, and their co-workers,
who are also dealing with the trauma of this event. Arnold & Itkin
sincerely hopes for their speedy recovery.