Five Injured In Electrical Explosion
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
July 21, 2013 7:36 PM
Authorities are investigating an electrical explosion that happened at a business in Sibley, Iowa. The blast left five badly burned.
Authorities say it was around noon Saturday when they received a call about an electrical explosion coming from the Timewell Tile Plant in Sibley, Iowa.
"Some private citizens heard some screaming coming from the plant. They happened to be outside and call our office," said Lt. Seth Hofman.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Department says dispatch called two ambulances before a third one was sent. Authorities say two maintenance men from the plant and three Current Electric employees were working inside.
It happened inside the plant. They were replacing some old electrical equipment lines into the building and as they were doing that, something exploded. They were all feet away," said Hofman.
Lt. Seth Hofman says the five were taken to the Sibley hospital by ambulance.
Two were flown out to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls and two more were eventually taken there by ambulance. The fifth was released Saturday afternoon.
"Last I heard, one of the victims was taken to Minneapolis," said Hofman.
Two men were outside when the explosion happened but they were not injured. The names of the injured men have not been released.
Authorities say the explosion is still under investigation. Hofman says the power in the building is completely off so the building is unusable at this point until they can take care of the electrical issue. The Timewell Tile Plant makes field and drainage tiles primarily used for agriculture.