By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – Two workmen from South Carolina were badly burned after an explosion at a gas station in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Firefighters say the men were relining an underground storage tank with fiberglass at a Mobil station when something went wrong.

“There is a report that there was a light that had been dropped and broken inside of the tank,” said Manchester Fire Chief James Burkush. “So we’re going to try and verify that.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The men, ages 24 and 33, work for Missouri-based Tank Tech.

Nobody else was hurt.

John Brewer, who owns a car repair business across the street, saw black smoke and knew something was not right.

“I saw one of the guys climb up out of the hole and roll over onto his back with his hands kind of up in the air,” said Brewer.

Brewer then ran across the street and found the victim burned from his waist down. Another man on the crew said there was a second person still below ground.

“Me and the other guy just pulled him up out of the hole,” said Brewer. “He was just burnt head to toe.”

The two victims were flown to a Boston hospital.

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