Explosion at baking manufacturing plant injures 3 workers

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

An explosion at a baking manufacturing plant injured three workers with one employee suffering serious burns.

The explosion at Caravan Ingredients occurred about 1:20 a.m. The plant is at 550 S. 18th St. and 19 employees were inside at the time. 

An employee was mixing bulk baking products when the explosion occurred.

"What we are looking at here is probably like a dust explosion that you would have inside a silo," KCK Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Duke said. "Basically these baking products like flour and sodium carbonates have static electricity that must have caused the explosion that did set the equipment on fire initially."

Firefighters put the fire out in the mixing equipment quickly.

One employee suffered third-degree burns to that employee's arms and second-degree burns to that person's face. Two other employees were treated at an area hospital for smoke inhalation. Firefighters at the scene initially said just one suffered smoke inhalation.

The fire didn't spread, and employees returned to the plant later Friday morning.

 

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