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7 NY firefighters injured after cosmetics factory blast, fire

Authorities announced that the body of a male employee had been found inside the factory


Associated Press

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — State and local authorities are trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory in New York's Hudson Valley that killed one employee and injure nearly three dozen other workers and firefighters.

The blasts occurred about 25 minutes apart Monday morning at Verla International in the Orange County town of New Windsor, 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of New York City.

Firefighters work at the scene of of a fire Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the Verla International cosmetics factory on Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, NY. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP)
Firefighters work at the scene of of a fire Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the Verla International cosmetics factory on Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, NY. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP)

Seven firefighters from the city of Newburgh were among the injured when they were caught in the second explosion after responding to the first blast.

Authorities announced Monday night that the body of a male employee had been found inside the factory.

State health and environmental conservation specialists have been dispatched to the scene to monitor air and water quality in the area around the plant, which includes a manufacturing operation and warehouse.

 

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