Employees of Damaged Plant Briefed

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The portion of the International Nutrition plant that crumbled to the ground killing two workers on Monday will be demolished. That word came Wednesday as workers at the plant got an update on the future of the business.

Keith Everett and David Ball died in the industrial accident. Several other workers were injured. Many of the employees returned to the site Wednesday for the first time since the walls tumbled down. They were told that they would continue to be paid through the end of the week.

The city has condemned the plant. The damaged portion will be demolished but sections of the business that weren’t damaged will remain standing.

Randy Erickson works for Fireguard, a neighboring business. He told us Wednesday, "Being here on a dead-end road, we all sort of take care of each other."

The accident scene was a rallying point for those neighbors on Monday. They turned out to check on the welfare of International Nutrition workers.

“Most of them were looking pretty cold,” Erickson said. “We ran back up here and gathered what we could: coats; blankets, to help keep them warm."

Fireguard is a company that outfits fire departments with equipment. Some of the coats they had, came in handy for distribution to accident victims.

Fireguard’s Lori Sorensen said, "We had one guy who was slightly injured. He was shaking so bad that we couldn't keep him warm enough."

While International Nutrition employees will be paid through the end of the week, the company is still mapping out plans about what to do after that.

As for the damaged building, the demolition cannot begin until investigators give the go-ahead. That could take weeks.

As for the cause, that answer is something that is also likely weeks away.


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