A factory in Omaha exploded on Monday morning, leaving two people dead. The cause of the explosion has yet to be identified.
The Omaha-based International Nutrition factory, which is an animal feed plant, had thirty-eight people working inside when the explosion happened. Federal officials present in the scene confirmed that two people are dead and ten are seriously hurt and are currently in the hospital. Seven people made it out but refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The remaining nineteen employees in the plant have yet to be found.
Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said that he is not expecting anyone left in the building to survive the blast. "We haven't cleared the building yet because of the significant risk to our people," Kanger told the Associated Press.
The explosion happend at around 10 AM.
Workers said that the explosion caused the back of the building to collapse. When the lights turned off, workers started running outside for safety. Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident.
A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) told the New York Times this morning that its agents will have to wait for the plant to be secured. OSHA said that the International Nutrition factory has faced several violations since 1974, including recent violations in 2011 involving medical services and mishandling materials.
Stay tuned as we continue to update the story.