Two workers died in an explosion and fire at a Louisville, Ky., chemical plant at 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
The first fatality, Steven Nichols, 59, died in the explosion on Monday at Carbide Industries. The second man, Jorge Medina, 56, died on Tuesday at the burn unit of Louisville University Hospital with third-degree burns on over 90 percent of his body.
The explosion and fire occurred in a 5-story building where calcium carbide is manufactured. A very large furnace inside the building, occupying two stories and operating at 3800 F, appeared to be the source of the explosion, according to Firehouse.com, although the cause of the explosion is not yet known.
David R. Lutman, Louisville Courier Journal
Two additional injured workers were treated and released overnight. The fire was not controlled until Tuesday morning.
Details about the explosion and fire can be found here.