A peaceful Saturday afternoon in Corrigan was interrupted when a Georgia-Pacific lumber plant exploded in Polk County about 20 miles north of Livingston. Authorities reported the call in the late afternoon, around 6:00 and initially, there were only three injuries known. As time has past since then, there is now information that eight people were badly injured in the incident, including one volunteer member of the Corrigan Fire Department, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The plant, which produces plywood approximately 100 miles outside of Houston, employs more than 400 people. Because the incident occurred during the weekend, it is still unknown how many employees were present at the time of the blast. Corrigan police and other law enforcement are still looking into the cause of the blast, which resulted in a fire that took more than two hours to contain. The Corrigan Fire Department was assisted by crews from Diboll, Livingston, Apple Springs, and Onalaska.
The incident has resulted in an indefinitely closure to the plant until damage is addressed and the cause is investigated, determined and attended to. It is reported that the critically injured are being currently treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.