PINEVILLE, La. (KALB / Jena Times) - UPDATE (Jena Times): The worker killed in a fatal explosion at Procter and Gamble on Thursday morning has been identified.
The Jena Times reports that Allen Kendrick, 56, of Jena died when a piece of equipment Kendrick was operating inside the plant exploded and caught fire around 3:00 a.m.
Kendrick was well known in the Jena community for the being the director of the LaSalle Parish Community Choir, being a member of a Jena theater group called "Acting Up", and for working previously as the band director at Jena High School.
UPDATE (12:26 p.m.) - The State Fire Marshal’s Office has confirmed to News Channel 5 that the fatal accident at the P&G Plant in Pineville was caused by an equipment explosion. The explosion killed the operator of the piece of equipment and the fire was contained to the equipment. The incident happened in the early morning hours of Thursday morning. No other injuries were reported.
Multiple sources have told News Channel 5 that a fatal explosion occurred on Thursday morning at the Procter and Gamble (P&G) plant in Pineville.
Details are limited at this time.
Sources say the incident happened around 3 a.m. and multiple injuries were reported. All other workers have been sent home.
The following is the official statement from P&G Plant Manager, Frank Blumling:
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018. The safety of our employees is a top priority, and there is an investigation underway at this time. We are connected with the employee’s family and have expressed our deepest condolences. We will support them and all our Alexandria employees in this difficult time."
This is a breaking news story and we will provide updates as they become available.