UPDATE: Stamping Ground man dead following dump truck fire

UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 26, 2021 AT 3:58 P.M.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who was severely burned in a dump truck fire is believed to have died.

After he was taken to UK Hospital quickly by first responders, the man was later transported to Cincinnati for further medical care, said the Nicholasville Police Department.

According to the Hamilton County Coroner in Ohio, James Padgett, 31, of Stamping Ground died on Aug. 25. His cause of death is still pending.

Additionally, the fire marshal clarified that the incident was a fire with potential for explosion. Initially, numerous explosions were reported when the sound was actually coming from the tires on the truck.

No criminal action is suspected at this time

The other man involved in the fire was released from the hospital.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AUGUST 25, 2021 AT 3:40 P.M.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two people were burned in an explosion at a construction site on Brannon Meadow Way in Jessamine County on Wednesday morning, according to Nicholasville Police.

Investigators say a man was welding on a dump truck when the explosion occurred.  The man suffered life-threatening burns, according to police.  Another man was burned over the lower-half of his body, according to investigators.  No names were released.

Nicholasville Police reached out to Lexington Police, asking officers to block traffic at intersections along busy Nicholasville Road in Fayette County so the ambulance could get to UK Hospital as quickly as possible.

The Nicholasville Fire Department was on the explosion scene until early afternoon to make sure the fire that followed the explosion was out.  OSHA was also on the scene investigating the work-related accident.  An environmental clean-up team was also on scene, according to firefighters.

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