An explosion ripped through the Verla International Ltd. cosmetics factory in New Windsor, N.Y., around 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 20, injuring approximately 25-30 employees and killing one. Workers fled the building and local emergency responders arrived on scene and were inside the building at 10:40 a.m. when a second explosion occurred, injuring seven firefighters, at least two of whom were transferred to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center, according to authorities.
Firefighters and hazmat teams continued to battle the fire – which was fueled by flammable and combustible chemicals used in the manufacture of perfume, nail polish, lotion and other beauty products – throughout the day and into the night.
“A deceased male employee was recovered from the plant fire at approximately 7:40 p.m.,” Orange County spokesman Justin Rodriguez said in a statement. The worker has not been identified by authorities and the company cannot be reached for comment.
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