Updated 11/29/2012 09:33 PM
Murray's Chicken boiler explosion sends three workers to the hospital
A boiler explosion in South Fallsburg Wednesday night sent three workers to the hospital. YNN's Eva McKend learned more about what happened at Murray's Chicken and what the company's plans may be for the future.
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A blue tarp replaces a wall at Murray's Chicken Plant in South Fallsburg after a boiler exploded Wednesday night. The blast scared not only workers at the plant, but also nearby residents.
"Apparently, it was a very loud noise that neighbors heard a mile away. It definitely scared folks," said Dean Koplik, Vice President of Operations at Murray's Chicken.
Town officials still aren't sure what set off the explosion that ended up sending three workers to the hospital.
"Thank goodness the injuries to the employees were minor and they will all recover and be fine," Koplik added.
The plant has had other unrelated issues in the past. In July 2010, the USDA shut down the plant citing "facility issues." Only a week later, one of the company's trucks overturned, killing hundreds of chickens.
Murray's Chicken is in the center of South Fallsburg and employs more than 300 people. While owners say the facility is well maintained, they are considering moving this older plant to another part of the town.
"It might be a benefit for everybody's concern in a different location," Koplik said.
The town says it will work with the plant owners to rebuild a new facility.
"The problem is that the size and the layout of this plant makes its kind of difficult to make the upgrades that both Mr. Bresky and the USDA would like to see," said Steven Vegliante, Fallsburg Town Supervisor.
But before ground is broken and a new business goes up, Murray's Chicken needs to recover from this explosion.