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Body camera video released from April's APS battery storage facility explosion

APS battery storage facility explosion
Posted at 7:04 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 22:30:47-04

SURPRISE, AZ — Almost four months after an explosion at an Arizona Public Service battery storage facility, body camera video of more than a dozen officers has been released.

The videos capture the moments immediately following the devastating fire that sent four firefighters to the hospital on April 19.

The uncommon scene of firefighters being rescued is seen throughout the hours worth of video, recorded by Surprise police officers.

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Officer: Let me see; move your hand. I got some gauze, kneel behind the truck.

The explosion happened shortly before 6 p.m. at the APS facility located in Surprise, in the northwest Valley. The video shows officers helping injured firefighters and leading them to safety.

Radio: Copy, you have three injured firefighters...

One of the body cameras shows what appears to be an APS contractor, one of the first to call 911 when he arrived at the APS plant.

Man: I got here between 5:30-5:35 and I did not open the gate because as I was telling Melissa....(inaudible) some smoke. It was a red flag.

He goes on to describe the type of smoke and says that from his prior training, he knew something was not right.

Man: So, when I noticed that I called 9-1-1 right away.
Officer: So there was smoke that was dropping?
Man: Yes.

The scene also shows firefighters concerned for each other, even comforting each other during their time of difficulty.

Firefighter: Do we got the world coming?
Police Officer: Yep, we got people coming, man.

Police officers also noted seeing a cloud of what was identified as carbon monoxide.

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One officer wrote that he later learned there was cyanide in the area of the explosion and what was later classified as the 'hot zone.'