CANTON, Ohio — Multiple workers were injured as the result of an explosion at the TimkenSteel Faircrest Plant on Tuesday night.
The explosion happened around 10:30 p.m. TimkenSteel officials confirmed that three workers were injured in the explosion and were transported to local hospitals for further evaluation.
Two of the workers have been released from the hospital. A third worker, Joseph Ferrall, is in a medically-induced coma and awaiting surgery, according to his family.
"The safety and wellbeing of our employees is a top priority, and we are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident," TimkenSteel officials told 3News.
According to Perry Township Fire officials, there was initially a fire outside the plant's melt shop that involved a furnace. Officials are speculating that the fire could have blown out of the windows, catching the boxes of products outside of the plant on fire.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation at this time.
Numerous fire departments from the Canton area responded to the explosion, including Perry Township Fire, Canton Fire Department, Canton Township Fire Department, Jackson Township Fire Department and Plain Township Fire & Rescue.
A GoFundMe has been set up by the family of Joseph Ferrall to help with expenses. Click here for more.