Thirteen people were reportedly transported to the MetroHealth Medical Center hospital just after 3 p.m., according to the Oakwood Village Fire Department, in the wake of an explosion at the copper alloy manufacturing facility Schumann & Co.
According to reports, two of the victims were in critical condition. After the explosion, another person was hurt but not hospitalized.
Stephenie Davis, a witness, posted on Facebook that “there was a huge explosion after debris flying at our building and on the roof, and the whole building shook like an earthquake.”
She also shared many images and videos showing the damage to cars in a nearby parking lot as wand massive, billowing plume of smoke rose from the factory.
As a result, several cars caught fire, according to local media site Fox 8.
The Oakwood Village Fire Department said the fire was out by 5 o’clock.
The explosion’s cause has not yet been identified.
“Our Bedford, Ohio, business was rocked by an explosion of unknown cause today, inflicting severe property damage and wounding workers”, the statement was released by Schumann and Co. on Monday night.
“Our current efforts are concentrated on aiding the emergency personnel who responded to the area swiftly to assist our workers. Our main priority is the health and safety of our workers,” the company added.
After a 150-car train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month, raising safety concerns, the incident occurred.