Bristol: An explosion in a water treatment plant outside Bristol, UK, killed four workers and injured a fifth, emergency responders said Thursday.
Avon and Chief Inspector Mark Runacres of Somerset Police told reporters outside the scene in Avonmouth in southwest England, “We can confirm that despite the best efforts of everyone involved, there were four deaths.”
Three of the fatalities were workers at Wessex Water who ran the plant, and four were contractors. The fifth injured is not life threatening.
Police said emergency responders contacted the victims’ families and that there were no ongoing threats to people living near or unrelated to terrorism.
The explosion occurred in a silo containing what Runacres calls “treated biosolids” for use as fertilizer. He added that government health and safety officials will investigate the exact cause of the explosion.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement on social media that he felt “deeply sad” for learning of the death and expressed appreciation to emergency responders for their response.
Luke Gazzard, senior manager of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, described the scene as a “very challenging event”. Since 2002, Wessex Water is owned by Malaysian company YTL Power International.