An Omaha plant explosion killed two workers at the International Nutrition plant, according to a Fox News report on Tuesday. The structure collapsed leaving some of the 38 workers buried in the remnants of the blast as other workers ran to safety.
Ten workers were hospitalized with serious injuries as well as a firefighter who was taken to a hospital with an injury.
The plant’s structural supports failed to stand after the explosion, and the top two floors of the plant – the second and third floors – fell on top of the first floor. The explosion also caused the plan to lose their lights.
It is still not known what caused the explosion. Omaha’s Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said he isn’t absolutely positive that it was an explosion that caused the structure to collapse, but he said the workers and other witnesses in the area are saying they heard a blast.
The mishap’s cause is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The investigation could take several weeks. This particular plant has no hazardous chemicals. The International Nutrition plant produces nutritional products that are mixed into poltry and livestock feed.
At this point, only one of the two victims has been identified: Keith Everett, 53, of Omaha.