On Wednesday afternoon, an explosion at Thomas Industrial Fabrication in Woolwine, Virginia, injured three people. As per the information provided by the law enforcement and emergency management officials, the injured people are the employees at the plant, which manufactures custom-made machinery.
Multiple residents heard a loud noise, and informed the officials that it sounded like an explosion. Later, deputies and paramedics from sheriff were called out to the scene.
Steve Allen, Patrick County Emergency Management Coordinator, said, “Three employees were transported to the hospital, all alert.”
He added that out of the three injured, two are expected to be treated and released soon. However, the status of the third employee is unknown for now.
The building is located at 10797 Woolwine Highway. The full extent of the damage done to it is also uncertain. At around 4 PM, a portion of the exterior wall of the building reportedly collapsed. Local officials said that the reason that triggered the explosion at the plant is unclear.
The Roanoke division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been assigned for the investigation. Calls by the Bulletin to the Roanoke office were not returned Wednesday afternoon. A note on the OSHA website stated that the office has shut down at 4:30 PM that day.