3 injured in explosions at Cary warehouse

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Three people were injured after several explosions at a paint manufacturing warehouse in Cary this afternoon.

When the Fox Valley Systems paint plant burst into flames Wednesday afternoon, workers at nearby businesses say they went into full panic mode.

“The entire building shook. It felt like an earthquake” said Rob Rytel whose office is right down the street from Fox Valley Systems.


3G Store owner, Mike Ginsberg, said, “It sounded like a small airplane hit the roof.”


One of Mike Ginsberg’s co-workers recorded video of the fire just moments after the explosion happened. Ginsberg describes the scene as chaotic saying, “It felt like you we’re in a movie, like a disaster movie. But it’s right there in front of you.”


Firefighters had only been on the scene for a few minutes when a second explosion erupted. It knocked out large portions of the front and back walls of the brick warehouse. Due to the chemical materials inside the building, a hazmat crew had to use a foam substance to douse the fire. It took firefighters from 15 departments several hours to put out the fire.


Cary police say there were about 20 employees inside the building when the explosion happened. Police say 3 employees were injured and taken to Good Shepherd hospital in nearby Lake Barrington. It’s unclear how badly they were injured. At last report, all three of them had been transferred to another hospital.


The Cary Fire Department, The State Fire Marshal, and OSHA will begin a complete investigation into what caused the explosions first thing Thursday morning.

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