Blasts Rock Plant In Pella, Iowa
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KCCI TV in Des Moines, Iowa reported
that multiple explosions rocked the American Wood Fibers plant in
Pella on Sunday.
Two firefighters were injured while
battling the blaze and investigators from the fire marshal's office
are looking for the cause of the blast.
"You could see a puff of red flame,"
said Troy Seekamp, a witness. Seekamp works across the street at
Four Seasons lawn care.
"Just a big explosion and the
top came off and big ball of fire came out," he said.
"Pieces went flying everywhere.
They asked people to leave the area; they didn't want anything else
to happen," he said.
Klint Korver recalled how the explosion
shook his house.
"Sounded like a truck had tipped
over -- a loud metallic sound," Korver said.
Vicki Underwood, who works nearby at
the Clark Street Pub and Grill, was at home during the blast and
"There was an explosion at the
top part and the bottom part, and fire started shooting out maybe
20 feet," she said.
Underwood said another explosion came
a few hours later. "It sounded like a cannon going off."
She also said that the blast shot concrete blocks out of the building.
Investigators identified the two injured
firefighters as Linn Roose and Danti Kirby. Both firefighters were
injured in the second explosion
American Wood Fibers bills itself as
the largest producer of wood flour. It has plants nationwide.
An explosion happened at the company's
plant in Schofield, Wis. One worker died and another was seriously
burned in an explosion and in that fire.
Some employees from Wisconsin had come
to work at the Pella plant when the blast happened Sunday, NewsChannel
8 reported. No one from the company returned calls from NewsChannel
Wisconsin investigators said the explosion
originated in a machine room.
Kirby is in fair condition at a Des
Moines hospital, and Roose was treated and released.
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