Texas plywood plant blast injures eight
28 April 2014
Seven employees and one volunteer firefighter were injured in an explosion and fire at a Georgia-Pacific lumber plant in Corrigan, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Houston.
Four medical helicopters and three ambulances were sent to the scene to pick up the injured and three of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition.
About 400 people work at the plant, which manufactures plywood and other flooring products.
The cause of the blast remains under investigation, but the Livingston Fire Department reported that a dust explosion occurred outside the main plant, in the sawdust/shavings collector system.
Update: On June 7, local sources confirmed that two of the casualties had died from their injuries. One other employee remains in critical condition.
The plant will remain shut for a minimum of several weeks while the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates thecause of the explosion.