(03/16/2001)
None of the injuries suffered during a flash fire at the Lignetics plant at Stout's Mill in Gilmer County are life threatening, according to plant manager Dan Horner. Two men were life-flighted to the burn center in Pittsburgh and a third was treated at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston, after last Sunday's incident.

Horner said earlier reports described an explosion, but he said there was no evidence of that. Fire officials did tell The Hur Herald a back wall went down, although the plant manager said damage to the equipment was not severe.

Horner said dust somehow ignited and a quick-moving fire spread throughout the building. He said the source of the spark has not been determined.

The two burn victims have been described in stable condition at West Penn Hospital, continuing to obtain treatment. The company has declined to release the names of the injured men.

A press release says a professional engineer will be coming to the plant to analyze the process. The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department reported there have been at least three fires at the facility.

The company is expected to resume production in 30 days, with the 40 employees returning to work.


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