KINSTON, N.C. (Jan. 30)—Three workers at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. were killed and many others injured yesterday afternoon following an explosion and fire at the firm´s manufacturing facility in Kinston. The Lenoir County Emergency Management Department confirmed the three deaths and injuries, and said the cause of the explosion remains unknown. The county emergency department along with investigators from the FBI, State Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are investigating. About 155 workers staffed the company´s day shift when the blaze erupted at the 200,000-sq.-ft. structure, which makes intravenous fitments used for drug delivery systems and compounds rubber for distribution to other West plants. Injured workers were transported to local hospitals for treatment. West officials said in a statement they were traveling from the company´s headquarters in Lionville, Pa., to the Kinston site to guide the firm's continuing investigation of the incident. "Our overriding concern is for the well being and safety of our employees, their loved ones and the surrounding community," said West President and CEO Don Morel. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will issue a more comprehensive statement when we have the facts to share."
Three killed in explosion at West plant in N.C.
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