Nashua manufacturing plant explosion leads to injuries, evacuation

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NASHUA — An explosion and fire at Worthen Industries manufacturing facility prompted a swift response from Nashua fire and rescue and AMR ambulance services early Thursday morning.

Reports of the incident on East Spit Brook Road began flooding in around 6:30 a.m., with initial calls indicating at least one person with burn injuries.

As a result, dispatch quickly scaled up the response to include additional ambulances and the Nashua Fire Rescue Special Hazards Unit.

Upon arrival, firefighters were informed by the facility’s plant manager that the fire had been extinguished, and the building was already evacuated.

A group of employees who had left the building congregated along East Spit Brook Road, where emergency medical services set to work evaluating them for injuries.

One individual was subsequently transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for treatment of burn injuries.

Fire crews, donned in protective gear, sent a team of four into the facility to verify that the fire was indeed out.

While inside, they identified the chemical involved in the incident—Methyl Ethyl Keytone—and communicated this critical information to both the hospital and the on-site hazardous material team.

Several employees who had evacuated were seen returning to the vicinity of the facility.

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