Industrial Facility Explodes in Florida, Killing Two People

A huge explosion at an industrial facility in Medley, Florida has left two people dead and several more injured, according to reports.

Massive plumes of smoke can be seen filling the skies as the factory was engulfed by a large blaze.

According to footage obtained from nearby businesses and TV news helicopters, the explosion sent a large fireball into the sky.

It also left multiple trucks and other vehicles in flames, AP reported.

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson said that when crews arrived, they found multiple people who were on fire.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were injured in the fire.

Two of the injured were sent to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in life-threatening conditions, police revealed.

Before the fire started, employees were confirmed to be working on some heavy machinery, according to the authorities.

“It seems that the company is a welding company,” Miami-Dade police Detective Luis Sierra said.

“They were working on some heavy machinery, and right now, investigators are still trying to find out what caused this combustion.”

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Officials said it was a hazardous scenario as there were a lot of flammables in the area.

“Our units deployed multiple hose lines to get the fire under control while navigating downed power lines in a very hazardous scene,” Deputy Fire Chief Danny Cardesa said.

One adult was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, and another was taken to the hospital by ground, officials confirmed.

A third victim was assessed and treated at the scene by first responders.

“You had multiple vehicles burning, you had flammables, you have multiple power lines that coupled with five people in total needing rescue needing care. It was a very challenging scene,” said Cardesa.

Two other victims were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities confirmed.

While the fire has been extinguished, the cause of the fire is still unclear at this time.

Authorities have not said if all five involved in the incident were employees or customers of the welding company.

Officials said South River Drive will remain closed until further notice.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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