Part of roof at Tru Seal collapses

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Weather could have possibly caused a portion of an industrial plant's roof to fall in!

Part of the roof of the Tru Seal factory in Barbourville collapsed Thursday night sending workers running for their lives.

The call came in at about 8:00, and that's when police officials were notified that part of the roof at Tru Seal Technologies had collapsed.

No one was trapped and only minor injuries were a result.

Six workers in the production area of the plant were taken to the hospital where they were released with minor injuries.

The plant manager says a 40 by 70 foot portion of the roof collapsed, about five percent of the entire roof.

And from what officials can tell now, the roof collapse was caused by the weather conditions, either wind or excessive rain.

The plant manager says he received the call at home and immediately thought the worst.

"A lot of concern about people. Visions of really serious and worried about the folks that work here. Fortunately, we were lucky and didn't have again any serious injuries," said plant manager Lee Burroughs.

Nearly 35 people, half of the work crew at the time, were in the area where the roof caved in and could have been seriously injured by falling steel beams.

The plant manager says reports of a noise and vibrations warned the workers to clear the production floor as it was falling.

For now, officials at Tru Seal Technologies say that much planning will go into what's next for this plant.

The plant is currently closed and will not reopen in Friday morning.

The plant manager says the fire marshall and engineers will be on site Friday assessing the damage.

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