An explosion at a JCG Farms plant in Georgia killed one person and injured five more, according to reports.
The blast took place at around 2:30 a.m. in Rockmart at the facility on Rome Hwy/GA-101, which caused a structural collapse, 11 Alive TV reported. It resulted in one death, while several were sent to nearby hospitals, including one person who was airlifted.
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Polk County coroner Tony Brazier told NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com that Justin Deems, 25, was likely killed during the explosion. His body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Officials say JCG Farms is a feed mill that deals with chicken farming, but it isn’t clear what the now-collapsed structure was used for.
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“Just like any industrial site, we’ve had some issues off and on,” said Rockmart Fire Department spokesman Todd Queen told 11 Alive. “We’ve never [seen] anything to this magnitude here.”
Queen added that it’s unclear what caused the blast.
“It’s way too early in the investigation to determine what might have caused it,” Queen told NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.
Local residents said on social media they felt the explosion at around 2:30 a.m.
JCG Farms is said to employ around 20 to 49 people with revenues between $10 million and $12 million, Fox News reported.