Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — At least three people are dead following a Dec. 5 explosion at a blow molding company in the Dominican Republic.
Manuel Diez Cabral, the chairman and CEO of Diesco Ltd., said via Twitter that the extent of damage still was not known, and that the cause also was unknown.
Diesco Ltd. is the parent company of Polyplas Dominicana, the company where the explosion occurred.
The company is working closely with emergency and relief workers and focused on employees, he said, adding Polyplas also was focused on securing the site.
The Associated Press also reported in local media that the injured included children attending a school located in front of the Polyplas site. Authorities also were searching for other victims in the rubble.
Photos from the site showed extensive damage to neighboring buildings.
According to its website, Polyplas has been in business since 1966 and exports throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the United States. It produces both preforms and bottles, used for water, carbonated beverages, juice, pharmaceutical and personal care products.