UPDATE: One Danville utility worker released from hospital after explosion

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DANVILLE, Va (WDBJ7)

Update:

Charles Sutton, who was one of two City of Danville utilities workers injured early Monday outside the Intertape Polymer Group plant in Pittsylvania County, has been treated and released from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

At this time, the condition of the other utility worker, David Ward, is unknown. He was transported to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Original Story:

Two Danville utility workers are in the hospital after being hurt Monday morning during an explosion.

It happened around 11:00 a.m., outside the Intertape Polymer Group plant on Eagle Springs Road in Pittsylvania County.

The workers, identified as Charles Sutton and David Ward, suffered burns, but the extent is not known at this point.

Sutton was flown directly to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Ward was taken to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Sutton and Ward were working on the wiring for future needs at the plant when the explosion happened.

Officials say the cause of the explosion is not known right now.

“We will work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other authorities to determine the cause,” Director of Utilities Jason Grey said.

The explosion left a portion of the plant without power, which is expected to be restored by this evening.