Two employees receive burns in explosion at Dodge City Cargill facility


DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Two employees received burns in an explosion at a small stand-alone building at the Cargill facility in Dodge City Thursday morning.

Officials tell KSN News the cause is under investigation. The employees conditions were not immediately available.

Cargill said as an extra precaution, some shifts will be suspended today.

“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,” in a statement Ford County sent to KSN.

Cargill said they expect to be operational soon. The Dodge City facility employs 2,700 people.

Residents in Dodge City stated they woke up around 3 a.m. after hearing a large boom and to their houses being rattled.

“I woke up to a loud boom around 3:30 this morning. I was kind of confused at what had happened, and next thing I know, I looked this morning and saw that there was an explosion,” said Dodge City resident Sean Boston.

As for the market, it’s not expected to hurt as bad as the Tyson fire in Holcomb.

“We probably lost one day of production, maybe a reduction of 3,000 to 4,000 head of cattle in one day and where we’re killing anywhere from 16,000 to 18,000 head per day this really didn’t affect the markets at all,” said KSN’s Agriculture reporter John Jenkinson. “The trade realizes that and the trade did not respond the same way as the Tyson fire.”


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