Worker Seriously Hurt in San Diego Chemical Blast

From a Times Staff Writer

A 29-year-old worker suffered critical burns Friday in a chemical explosion at a Scripps Ranch manufacturing plant.

Several other workers and firefighters were hospitalized with respiratory and eye irritations from the chemicals, and a one-block area of the Scripps Ranch Industrial Park was evacuated as a precaution.

John Goik was reported in critical condition Friday night with third-degree burns over 95% of his body, said a spokesman at the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center, where he was airlifted by a Life Flight helicopter after the 1:31 p.m. accident. Goik is employed at Fluid Systems, a division of UOP Inc., a subsidiary of The Signal Cos.

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