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Flare Plant Explosion Victim Dies

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 5:32am
the Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives say a woman who was severely burned in an explosion and fire at a military flare plant in West Tennessee last year has died of her injuries.

Rev. Ernest Polk says he was at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., when his niece, Erica Jarrett, died Thursday morning.

Jarrett had made repeated trips to the hospital for treatment after the Sept. 14, 2010, fire at the Kilgore Flares plant in Toone burned her and two other workers.

The company confirmed Jarrett's death in a statement Thursday.

Investigators found no definitive cause for the explosion, but their report says the problems were likely made worse by employees overloading their work stations with flammable materials. The company was cited for 14 safety violations and was fined.

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