FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - Two workers were hospitalized Friday, June 21 after an explosion at UTC Aerospace Systems in Foley. As a fire rescue officer, Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said it's a call you never want to get; an explosion at a facility that works with explosive gasses and hazardous materials. That's just what happened this morning at UTC Aerospace Systems.
"We quickly ramped up with our own resources as well as calling for neighboring resources," Darby said.
A UTC spokesperson said a small explosion injured two workers while they were cutting steel in building one. One was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center for treatment, but the second had serious enough injuries to be LifeFlighted to USA Medical Center's Burn Unit, and 800 employees were evacuated immediately.
Fire rescue officials said that by the time they got there, UTC's emergency response team already had things well in hand.
"They did a great job of responding. They activated their response plan. They activated their notification plan. They evacuated the entire complex which is a great benefit to us," Darby said.
The former Goodrich plant, now UTC is made up of six large buildings. Workers there do everything from engine rebuilds to metal fabrication. Fire officials said it was a relief to find out that the explosion was an isolated incident confined to one part of a building and away from any hazardous chemicals.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured at this time hoping for a recovery, a full recovery on their part, but overall very relieved that the situation was brought under control," Darby said.
UTC was back to normal operations by Friday afternoon. The identities and conditions of the injured workers have not been released.
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