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One Killed in Boiler Blast

June 5, 1987

CLEVELAND (AP) _ One employee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was killed and another was critically injured early today when a valve in a steam line exploded, clinic officials said.

Clinic spokesman Frank Weaver said the explosion occurred in a powerhouse in the basement of the Education Building shortly before 2 a.m.

Michael Reis of Cleveland, a stationary engineer in the power plant, was killed, Weaver said. Lawrence Cornish, a supervisor in the power plant, was in critical condition in Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital with second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, Weaver said.

The steam is used for heating buildings and for sterilizing surgical equipment, Weaver said. Damage was confined to a small area, and the clinic’s large hospital complex was not hindered, Weaver said.

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