Arizona plant blast injures five
10 November 2017
The Tucson Fire Department said five employees from the Desert Whale Jojoba Company were hospitalised after an explosion at the company’s factory late at night on November 8. Three of the injured are in critical condition. The company grows jojoba and produces jojoba oil for use in cosmetics and skin care products, according to its website.
When firefighters arrived on scene there was heavy fire, a partial building collapse, and multiple injured victims. TFD said there were six employees working at the time and all managed to escape, but five were injured and taken to a hospital. The sixth did not need treatment.
Firefighters encountered several obstacles including power lines in the way, a broken gas line fire, a broken fire sprinkler line, and partial building collapse, according to TFD.
Firefighters had the fire under control in under two and half hours after arriving on scene, according to TFD, and an investigation will take place into the causes of the explosion.