2 burned in gas blast at company that makes rowing machines

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Posted: Dec 07, 2016 3:33 PM

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A gas explosion at a Rhode Island company that makes indoor rowing machines has left two people with burns.

Police say they were called to WaterRower in Warren late Wednesday morning for a gas explosion in the building.

Warren Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli says two men were hospitalized for burns. He says the injuries didn't appear life-threatening. He says three other workers were also taken to the hospital because they were shaken up.

Galinelli says a gas pocket built up inside an oven used to bake paint onto the rowing machines. An investigation is underway.

A rowing machine made by the company has been featured in the Netflix series "House of Cards" and is frequently used by lead character Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.