Two employees hurt after explosion at Cargill facility in Dodge City

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) Update:

Cargill says this is the second fire to happen at its Dodge City plant in a month.

Cargill said it is investigating the cause of an explosion that left two of its employees hurt Thursday morning.

The explosion happened at a small stand-alone building at the protein facility in Dodge City. The two employees received medical treatment for burns.

Laura Lopez works at Bella Italia in Dodge City. She said she has family and friends that work at Cargill and was concerned the employees may have been someone she knew.

"A little scared because I do have a lot of family and a lot of friends that work there. I feel if Cargill can blow up what other place can blow up?" She said.

Cargill officials said this is the second fire at the plant in the last month. They said the last fire was small with minimal damage. One person was sent to the hospital and released the same day.

Lopez said her friend tried to get a job at Cargill after the Tyson plant fire in August, That is until he found out about the Cargill fire.

"He was just like, man everywhere I go, it’s like everywhere I go it just turns into fire," said Lopez.

Cargill is one of the biggest employers in Ford County with more than 2,700 employees.

The company suspended some shifts Thursday while fabrication shifts remained on schedule.

Cargill said it expects to be "fully operational soon and will meet all our customer commitments."

"We are grateful for the partnership of the local emergency medical response team. Our focus is on the safety of our employees and getting the best care for our colleagues," said the company.

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Two employees were hurt after an explosion at the Cargill facility in Dodge City.

County Administrator Jonathan Gilbert says the explosion was reported around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Cargill says a small stand-alone building at its protein facility experienced the explosion.

Two employees are receiving medical treatment for burns.

The company is investigating the cause of the accident. As an extra precaution, production will be suspended for the day.

"We expect to be operational soon and will meet all our customer commitments," said Daniel Sullivan, Media Relations Director. "We are grateful for the partnership of the to the local emergency medical response team. Our focus is on the safety of our employees and getting the best care for our colleagues.”

Eyewitness News is reaching out to officials for more information on the explosion. Expect updates on the KWCH 12 app.