Blast at Visalia packaging plant leaves 1 with severe injuries

VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- One person is in the hospital with severe burn injuries after an explosion at a packaging plant in Visalia on Thursday.

The Visalia Fire Department says the explosion occurred at about 3:45 p.m. at RePlanet Packaging on W. Goshen Ave.

Fire units arrived at the scene to find smoke coming from a large electrical box outside the building. They had to shut down all power to the plant to extinguish the fire in the box.

Investigators determined that a contractor working on the electrical box accidentally sparked the fire.

Visalia Fire says damage to the fire caused approximately $75,000 in damage to the multi-million dollar facility and a loss in production of several thousand dollars due to the facility needing to be shut down.
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