OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters in Omaha, Nebraska, have resumed their efforts today to recover the body of one of the two workers killed in an explosion that caused much of a manufacturing plant to collapse. Ten others were hospitalized with significant injuries.
A combination of strong winds, cold temperatures and dangerous rubble forced crews to suspend their efforts overnight.
Authorities don't know exactly what happened. The city's interim fire chief said he couldn't say for sure that there was an explosion, but workers and other witnesses described hearing a blast.
Structural supports failed after the blast, and the second and third floors of the plant collapsed on top of the first floor.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the cause of the accident. The fire chief says it could take weeks. He noted that there were no hazardous chemicals at the International Nutrition plant, which makes nutritional products that are added to livestock and poultry feed.
017-c-14-(Josh Funk, AP correspondent)-"been accounted for"-AP correspondent Josh Funk reports so far there's been no official explanation of what caused the explosion. (21 Jan 2014)
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018-c-10-(Josh Funk, AP correspondent)-"from the experience"-AP correspondent Josh Funk reports authorities say all of the people who were working at the International Nutrition plant have been accounted for. (21 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO NEOMA101: Part of the International Nutrition plant in Omaha Neb., is collapsed Monday Jan. 20, 2014 in Omaha Neb. At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse at an Omaha animal feed processing plant. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Jim Burnett) MAGS OUT TV OUT (20 Jan 2014)
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