15 Aug Two injured in explosion, fire at titanium casting plant ne…
ALBANY, Ore. – Two employees of a titanium casting manufacturer were injured in an explosion and fire at the plant Thursday morning.
One of the injured is listed in critical condition at a Portland hospital.
Tangent Rural Fire District and Albany Fire Department responded just before 8 a.m. to Selmet Inc at 33992 Seven Mile Lane.
“The 911 caller reported an explosion in the Foundry Building and subsequent fire,” fire officials said in a statement. “Over 30 fire crew members responded and were able to extinguish the fire and determine there was no chemical hazard to the employees or the public.”
Medics rushed the two injured Selmet employees to Albany General Hospital. One of the patients was later flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where the patient is listed in critical condition, firefighters said.
The identities of the injured are not yet known.
“Investigators from Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Tangent Rural Fire and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office are working with Selmet, Inc. to determine cause and origin of the explosion,” firefighters said.