Imperial Sugar Company reported that an explosion occurred Thursday at approximately 7pm EST at its sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., which is located near Savannah, Ga.
A number of associates and contractors have been injured but the type and extent of these injuries is not fully known at this time.
The injured have been transported to local hospitals.
John Sheptor, Imperial’s president and ceo, said “We are all concerned for the welfare of our associates and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families this evening. We are grateful for the superb response by the local emergency agencies to this tragic event.”
The extent of damage to the refinery is under investigation and the length of time it will be closed is currently unknown. The Company will provide more information as it becomes available.
Source: Imperial Sugar