At least one person is dead and thirteen others have been hospitalized following an explosion and fire at a metal factory near Cleveland, Ohio.
The explosion occurred at the Oakwood Village manufacturing plant on Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom, followed by a fire that sent molten metal scattering across the factory grounds.
The Cleveland Fire Department responded to the scene and found that one person had been killed and thirteen others injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is also investigating the incident. They have yet to determine the cause of the explosion, but preliminary reports suggest that it may have been caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment.
This is the second major incident at the Oakwood Village manufacturing plant in the last two years. In 2019, the plant was the site of a large fire that destroyed a portion of the facility.
The plant is owned by Volcano, a local metal supplier. The company has yet to comment on the incident.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the explosion.