Vicinity Energy Facing Questions After Explosion Sends Multiple to Hosptial, Second Incident This Month

On Friday, October 15, at approximately 09:30 hours Boston Fire Department struck box Box 1435 for a steam explosion with people trapped at 165 Kneeland Street, a high pressure energy station.

Second alarm was quickly called as first responders faced the difficult task of freeing two workers from the chaotic scene. Both were transported by Boston EMS to MGH with very serious injuries, though they are expected to survive.

This is the same location of another second alarm nine days ago. On October 4, Boston Fire responded and knocked down a fire, which travelled within the commercial natural gas highrise’s walls from floors 3 to 7.

The company sent the following statement to Live Boston regarding the incident:

“At approximately 9:30am on October 15, 2021, there was a steam leak at Vicinity Energy’s steam generation plant at 165 Kneeland Street in Boston, MA. Steam was released within the plant only. The rupture poses no public safety risk.”

“All personnel have been accounted for, with two contract workers transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. One worker has been released and the second appears to have suffered burns on his arm.”

“Steam service continued uninterrupted, served by Vicinity’s other local plants: Kendall and Scotia stations. A limited number of customers experienced a reduction in steam pressure, which is now restored. Vicinity Energy will thoroughly investigate the cause of the leak.”