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Last Worker Recovered from Sugar Refinery

Chief Greg Long Chief Greg Long

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - Chief Greg Long of the Port Wentworth Fire Department announced in a media briefing Friday afternoon that the body of a worker killed in last week's blast at Imperial Sugar was recovered Thursday night and identified about 11:30am.

This was the last of the eight workers who lost their lives in the initial blast at the refinery. A ninth died this Thursday at the hospital in Augusta.

Now crews will continue working on the plant's internal fire suppression systems and hold a fire watch over the weekend. They hope they'll be able to return operations at the refinery to Imperial Sugar as early as Monday.

Chief Michael Berkow of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department explained the investigation procedure. He said officials start with a criminal investigation, then move on to the administrative and civil investigations.

While the exact cause has yet to be determined, the plant's management suspects sugar dust ignited the explosion. Investigators think it started in the basement below silos one and two.

Officials say they have no reason as of yet to believe there's been any criminal activity involved. Investigators with the National Response Team, OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board will be in Port Wentworth over the coming days and weeks. We'll let you know what their investigations find.

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