10 hurt in explosion at Omaha animal feed plant

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters are carefully searching an animal feed processing plant in Nebraska for anyone trapped after an explosion this morning caused a partial collapse.

Omaha's interim fire chief says 38 employees were at work in the International Nutrition plant at the time of the blast. At least 10 people have been hospitalized with injuries, including one firefighter.

The fire chief says the search is a delicate one, because of the extent of the damage and concern that more debris could fall. He's requested aid from urban search and rescue experts based in Lincoln, and the search could take several more hours.

Workers' family members have been gathered outside the plant. They says they've received cellphone calls from loved ones who were inside and who have told them one or two people may be missing or trapped.

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169-c-08-(Josh Funk, AP correspondent)-"inside the plant"-AP correspondent Josh Funk reports emergency responders and workers' family members rushed to the scene of an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed supplement plant in Omaha. ((Watch for dating)) (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *169 (01/20/14)££ 00:08 "inside the plant"

170-c-10-(Josh Funk, AP correspondent)-"of the explosion"-AP correspondent Josh Funk reports it's apparent there's been some structural damage at the International Nutrition plant. (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *170 (01/20/14)££ 00:10 "of the explosion"

171-c-15-(Josh Funk, AP correspondent)-"were still missing"-AP correspondent Josh Funk reports worried families are hoping to get more information. ((watch for dating)) (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *171 (01/20/14)££ 00:15 "were still missing"

174-a-08-(Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar, Omaha Fire Department, at news conference)-"are unaccounted for"-Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar says there were multiple injuries and may be workers still inside the plant. COURTESY: KETV ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((watch for dating)) (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *174 (01/20/14)££ 00:08 "are unaccounted for"

172-a-15-(Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar, Omaha Fire Department, at news conference)-"to this building"-Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar says firefighters put out a fire and are at the scene of an industrial accident at an animal feed plant. COURTESY: KETV ((Mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *172 (01/20/14)££ 00:15 "to this building"

175-a-08-(Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar, Omaha Fire Department, at news conference)-"of the structure"-Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kangar says search and rescue experts have come from Lincoln, Nebraska to help responders at the plant. COURTESY: KETV ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((watch for dating)) (20 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *175 (01/20/14)££ 00:08 "of the structure"

APPHOTO NEOMA101: Part of the International Nutrition plant in Omaha Neb., is collapsed Monday Jan. 20, 2014 in Omaha Neb. At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse at an Omaha animal feed processing plant. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Jim Burnett) MAGS OUT TV OUT (20 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO NENH106: Two unidentified people with ties to the International Nutrition plant in Omaha, Neb., stand Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, outside the plant where a fire and explosion took place . At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped at the animal feed processing plant. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (20 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO NENH105: Firefighters stage outside the International Nutrition plant in Omaha, Neb., Monday, where a fire and explosion took place Jan. 20, 2014. At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped at the animal feed processing plant. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (20 Jan 2014)

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