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Researcher hurt in Stauffer building laboratory explosion

A postdoctoral researcher remained in critical condition Tuesday at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center following a laboratory explosion in Stauffer Building III on the Stanford campus.

Rodolfo Salgado-Rodríguez, 33, was in a chemical engineering laboratory when the explosion occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22, according to the Department of Public Safety. The incident is under investigation. No other injuries were reported.

Responding to the scene were university police; firefighters, medics and hazardous-materials specialists from the Palo Alto Fire Department; an engine company from the Menlo Park Fire District; and a university fire marshal.

The building was completely re-opened at 3 a.m. Nov. 23 after decontamination by the hazardous-materials team of the university's Environmental Health and Safety department, police said.

"Our thoughts and best wishes are with Dr. Salgado-Rodríguez. We all hope that he will be able to recover very soon," said Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering.

Salgado-Rodríguez, a visiting scholar from Mexico, is affiliated with laboratories at Stanford and the University of California-Santa Barbara.