A 62-year-old man who died Monday when a bus he was dismantling blew apart at a Pacific metal recycling plant has been identified as Fred Schoenbachler.
The Orting man was on top of the bus when it blew up about 11:30 a.m. and threw him about 25 feet into the air, Valley Regional Fire Authority spokeswoman Kimberly Terhune said.
Schoenbachler was working on a natural gas fuel tank at the plant, 1374 Thornton Ave. SW, when the tank blew apart, Pacific police spokeswoman Heather Malavotte said Tuesday. Police are not considering it an explosion, but said it would have sounded like one.
No one else was injured.
Schoenbachler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said he suffered burns before going into cardiac arrest, KOMO reported.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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