Details emerge regarding death of water department employee Donald Fenton

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Tuesday, the public learned more about the explosion that killed a water services worker on Monday in Kansas City.

Donald Fenton had been with the water services department for 14 years and was promoted to supervisor last week.

Fenton was part of a five-man crew working on the sewer line behind the south patrol Kansas City police station at 97th and Marion.

He was working in a manhole at 5:30 p.m., when things went terribly wrong.

"There was a plug that was keeping the water out of the sewer line where Fenton was working. That flag gave way to release the water into the manhole where Donald was working," Kansas City Water Services Department Spokeswoman Jennifer Kincaid said.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said this is a reminder that the jobs so many city employees do in service of citizens of the city are dangerous and difficult.

Water services will do an investigation as the next step and Kansas City police have already completed a report.

The corner will release the cause of death once the investigation is complete.

The flag is being flown at half-mast in memory of Fenton.

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