ConAgra Foods has confirmed that three employees were found deceased inside the company’s plant in Garner, North Carolina, where an explosion occurred.
The company has set up a fund for contributions from ConAgra Foods, its employees and the local community. Those who wish to donate can do so by phone, email or online.
According to media reports, more than 40 others workers were taken to hospitals, including three firefighters who needed medical attention after inhaling ammonia gases.
The explosion left gaping holes in the roof. An exterior wall collapsed, smashing cars parked next to the 500,000-square-foot building. Some of the more than 300 workers on duty described chaos after the explosion. Authorities could not say where in the plant the blast happened or what caused it.
ConAgra spokesman Dave Jackson told reporters of Philadelphia Inquirer someone called the plant over the weekend and threatened to start a fire. He said company officials did not believe the threat was connected to the explosion.
Source: ConAgra Foods Inc./ Fleischwirtschaft International