3 Hurt after Flour Blast

Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 05:03 PM gHale

Three employees at a Grandview, MO, flour processing plant suffered injuries after a fire and explosion Wednesday.

Grandview firefighters responded to a call at 4:30 a.m. to a blast at the Corbion Caravan facility. The explosion happened in a spray room where employees dump mass amounts of flour.

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There were six people working in the area of the packaging floor when the blast occurred. Three employees suffered minor injuries and ended up taken to a nearby hospital. Two ended up treated and released from the hospital.

The plant produces dry blended ingredients sold to bakeries and food industries. Fifteen employees were working the overnight shift at the time of the blast.

Firefighters said those in the plant followed proper evacuation protocol, and they are lucky nobody was more seriously hurt.

“Once I found out we had six employees in the immediate area and you see the amount of damage, it’s amazing there weren’t any very severe injuries,” Grandview Fire Department Chief Ron Graham said.

Firefighters had the flames out in about 20 minutes with help from the Belton Fire Department.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said there have been no previous incidents at the facility.

Neighbors in the area said they woken up to a large explosion which left their homes rattling. One neighbor said there have been at least four small explosions within the past decade at the plant.

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