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Natural Gas Leak May Have Caused Explosion

Jeremy Sprinkle
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(Picture) Scene after ConAgra plant explosion in Garner, NCContractors working on gas lines at time of disaster

Federal investigators are focusing on a possible cause of the explosion at a ConAgra plant in Garner, NC which killed three workers and sent dozens more to area hospitals - natural gas vented inside the building.

Meanwhile, the first lawsuit related to the workplace disaster has been filed against the contractor whose employees allegedly did work in the area of the gas leak. Crews were trying to get a newly installed water heater up and running.

Union appeals for assistance for workers affected by disaster

The workers' union, UFCW Local 204, has setup a disaster relief fund to collect donations to help workers at the plant - and the families of those who died - recover. Donations can be sent to:

UFCW Local 204 ConAgra Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 466
Clemmons, NC 27012

In addition to the disaster relief fund, the union has set Saturday, June 27th as the date of a BBQ fundraiser, to be held in Raleigh.