A 28-year-old woman and a horse are dead after a hyperbaric aquatic chamber exploded at an equine medical facility.
Kesmarc Florida, an equine rehabilitation facility, is located on County Road 326, near Morriston.
MARION COUNTY, Fla. —
A death has been reported in a hyperbaric chamber explosion at an equine rehab center near Ocala.
WFTV was told that two adult females were in a hyperbaric chamber with a horse at KESMARC, the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center.
One woman was killed and another woman transported with unknown injuries to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, deputies said.
The horse was also reported killed in the explosion, according to those on the scene.
Marion Co. Fire Rescue and Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office personnel are on scene. The state fire marshal is also en route to the scene.
There is noticeable damage to the building, with siding blown off, deputies said. The integrity of building is in question. As a precaution, the rest of horses are being evacuated from the building.
The owners of the facility on their way from West Palm Beach.
KESMARC is a 100,000 square-foot building accomadating up to 75 horses, including 20 with climate control. Features at the facility include underwater treadmills, hot/cold saltwater spa, indoor 200-foot-diameter swimming pool, one of the nation’s largest indoor synthetic jogging tracks, a Eurociser and a vertical hyperbaric oxygen chamber.