Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 5, 2012

MORNING UPDATE: Three injured in industrial fire at Mercer County plant

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Three people have been injured in an industrial fire at a Mercer County manufacturing plant.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire at the Conn-Weld plant in Princeton. The plant has been evacuated. Two of three employees were transported to the hospital with severe burn injuries, according to Sgt. M.A. Smith of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment.

Smith said a machine at the plant caught on fire, and exploded during an attempt to put  the fire out.

Marvin Shields, vice president of engineering at Conn-Weld, released an official statement regarding the fire. “We have had a fire, and it is under containment,” Shields said. “We have sent everyone home today. Three employees were taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. It is unknown at this time what employees will be asked to return to work.”

Nelson Short, chief of the East River Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire has been contained, and the state fire marshal’s office will be called in to investigate.

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