VA Ammunition Plant Fire Claims a Life

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:06 AM gHale

A flash fire June 11 at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, VA, claimed the life of one of the three injured workers, officials said.

Andrew Goad, 42, an employee at the plant, died Saturday due to injuries sustained during a fire at Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) on Monday, June 11.

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“Andrew made the ultimate sacrifice. Producing munitions for our warfighters is dangerous work, and we greatly appreciate and honor his sacrifice,” said RFAAP Commander Lt. Col James “Jim” Scott.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family and our employees and their families, especially those most deeply affected by our colleague’s passing,” said BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc., vice president and general manager, Brian Gathright.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the first responders, fire department, safety group, production team, and all employees who supported the response and recovery effort. Each and every one of your contributions made a difference,” Scott said.

BAE Systems will continue offering professional counseling services through their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support to employees.

One of the other victim treated for injuries sustained during a fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has been discharged from a North Carolina hospital.

A spokeswoman for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Wednesday Travis Mitchell, who was injured in the incident had been discharged and the third victim, Dakota Grimmett, remains in critical condition.

All production at the facility in southwest Virginia has been suspended while an investigation is ongoing.

The flash fire occurred in a nitrocellulose drying facility Monday evening, officials said

The plant is owned by the government and operated by defense contractor BAE Systems.



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