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Static electricity likely cause of Toone plant fire

A state occupation health official says a fire at a military flares manufacturing plant in West Tennessee that severely burned three workers was most likely caused by static electricity. A state occupation health official says a fire at a military flares manufacturing plant in West Tennessee that severely burned three workers was most likely caused by static electricity.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A state occupation health official says a fire at a military flares manufacturing plant in West Tennessee that severely burned three workers was most likely caused by static electricity.

Jeff Hentschel, a spokesman for the Tennessee Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the investigative report on the cause of the Sept. 14 fire at Kilgore Flares in Toone is not expected to be released until Friday or Monday.

Hentschel told The Jackson Sun on Tuesday that the exact cause of the ignition could not be determined, but the most likely cause was electrostatic discharge. The state has cited the company with 14 violations and proposed fines of $348,000.

The fire burned Catrina Jones, Jewell Jarrett and his cousin, Erika Jarrett on 20 to 80% of their bodies.

Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

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