Investigators are probing the cause of a fire at a composites molding company in Kentucky that injured more than two dozen employees, five critically.
The Feb. 20 fire at CTA Acoustics Inc.'s Corbin, Ky., plant began near a furnace on a line where fiberglass and resin are combined to produce the company's insulation for automotive and industrial customers.
Some of those injured suffered burns over 80 percent of their bodies, said emergency officials for Laurel County, Ky. Two of those injured are in very critical condition, said CTA lawyer Jim Tomaw.
CTA Acoustics, based in Madison Heights, Mich., has about 560 workers at the Corbin plant. Some 150 of them were at the plant when the fire began at about 7:30 a.m. The fire burned throughout the day and into the night.
In all, there are representatives from 31 different state and federal agencies at the site, Tomaw said. The company does not know yet the extent of damage to its equipment or when it could re-launch operations.
``Our thoughts right now are with our people,'' he said.
CTA received an award from Kentucky for marking more than 4 million hours worked without a reported injury in 2001. In December 2001 an employee was injured near a mold press in a different area of the plant than the scene of the fire. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied a fine of the business for the lack of a shield at the press.