EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - An explosion Monday at the TranTech Plant in Edgefield sent two men to the hospital with third-degree burns.
Edgefield EMA says they received a call from the radiator plant around 9 a.m., and when they arrived found heavy smoke from an electrical fire.
One of the victims is suffering from third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body, and the other is burnt on at least 40 percent of his body. Both men were taken to the Still Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital.
Officials say they believe the explosion may have been caused after a transformer self-destructed, but the official cause is still being investigated.
TranTech president Greg Horton released a statement Tuesday:
"Yesterday there was an accident at our facility in Edgefield which sadly has resulted in injuries to three of our valued employees. Two of those employees are now recovering at the Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Another has thankfully been released from the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with those men and their families.
One of our greatest fears is a situation like what occurred on Monday. Ensuring the safety of those who work at TranTech is a cornerstone to the way we operate our business. We are complying with all governmental inspections. TranTech is working diligently to investigate the root cause and corrective action required. We will not re-open our Edgefield plant until we feel confident in the safety of our hard-working employees."
We will continue to update you on the conditions of the victims as we receive more information.