Two workers were inside the ICES Corporation building at the time of the explosion on Tuesday. The workers were working on the floors when a large explosion rocked the building, causing the building to quickly become engulfed in flames.
FOX23 reports that temperatures inside the building may have reached upwards of 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. The two workers were rescued from the building and were taken to Tulsa hospitals for burn injury treatment. Officials say the workers were speaking when they were evacuated from the building.
The fire was eventually extinguished at around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to FOX23. The plant explosion and subsequent fire is under investigation by local officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The cause of the explosion is currently unknown, and police believe the building will be a total loss.
ICES Corporation manufactures honeycomb components and structures for the Defense Department, reports FOX23. The company employs around 50 people and is one of the largest employers in Cleveland, Oklahoma.
The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):