Police say men hurt in Kremmling explosion were employees of Steamboat company

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— The two men injured in a house explosion in Kremmling on Tuesday afternoon have been identified as employees of Dry Masters, a Steamboat Springs company. The names of the men have not been released, but Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade said Wednesday that both are 23 years old.

Spade said the men appeared to suffer burns to the exposed areas of their bodies. They were initially taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital and later flown to University Hospital in Denver, Spade said.

The explosion took place at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at a home at 415 South Eighth St. in downtown Kremmling. Spade said the men were performing mold remediation in the home’s crawlspace. The explosion is believed to be the result of a buildup of vapors from the primer the men were using to seal the home’s floor joists and underside of the subfloor, Spade said in a news release. The ignition source that caused the explosion has not been identified.

Both men left the crawlspace under their own power, Spade said. A Kremmling Police Department officer hosed the men down with a garden hose before they were transferred by Grand County Emergency Medical Services personnel to the Kremmling hospital.

A message left on the listed phone number for Dry Masters was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

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