Investigators blame smoke inhalation for Thanksgiving Tower deaths

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DALLAS (AP) — Investigators have determined that smoke inhalation killed three construction workers in a fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office found smoke was responsible for the death of 36-year-old Oscar Esparza-Romo, 43-year-old Leroy Carrillo-Solorzano and Carrillo’s uncle, 60-year-old Nicacio Carrillo-Martinez.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the three were cleaning four water tanks in the basement of the 50-story Thanksgiving Tower on Thursday and were using a torch to cut rusted and corroded parts from a 30-foot-deep tank when it caught fire.

The tank is part of the building’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit.  

Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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