Nine injured in Corrigan plant explosion
POSTED: Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12am
CNN contributed to this report — At least nine workers were hurt after an explosion Saturday night at the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant in Corrigan, Texas.
Corrigan Fire officials tell KETK the explosion happened just after 6:00 p.m. at the plant. They say the blast sparked a fire in the facility's bag house, which stores dust from the process of polishing plywood panels.
Four victims were airlifted to local hospitals. As many as five others were taken by ambulance, several of them with severe burns. The extent of those burns and other injuries are unknown at this time, but at least one employee has been released from the hospital.
The cause of the explosion and fire is still under investigation.
Georgia-Pacific is based in Atlanta, and makes paper products such as Brawny paper towels and Dixie cups.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is leading the investigation into the explosion.