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UPDATE: One man dies after fire at Radford Army Ammunition Plant

UPDATE (6/16/18) - One person has died after a fire at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. 

Andrew Goad died on Saturday from the injuries he got in the fire. 

The 42-year-old was a Group Leader for the Finishing Area at the facility. 

Counselors will be on site for the employees as they come back to work on Monday.

Here is the full press release:

RADFORD, VA - Andrew Goad passed away on Saturday, June 16, due to injuries sustained during a fire at Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) on Monday, June 11.

RFAAP Commander Lt. Col James "Jim" Scott and BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc., Vice President and General Manager, Brian Gathright, will hold a press conference in the visitors' center across the street from the rockets at the RFAAP entrance at 8:45 p.m. tonight, June 16th.

Goad, of Dublin, Virginia, was 42-years-old and served as a Group Leader for the Finishing Area at Radford AAP.

"Andrew made the ultimate sacrifice.  Producing munitions for our Warfighters is dangerous work, and we greatly appreciate and honor his sacrifice," said Scott.

"We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew's family and our employees and their families, especially those most deeply affected by our colleague's passing," said Gathright.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the first responders, fire department, safety group, production team, and all employees who supported the response and recovery effort.  Each and every one of your contributions made a difference. Thank you," said Scott.

BAE Systems will continue offering professional counseling services through their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support to employees.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.  The Army, OSHA and BAE Systems are all onsite conducting the investigation.


UPDATE (6/14/18) - The Radford Army Ammunition plant will begin a staggered restart of production on Thursday and full production will start again on Monday. 

According to a press release both the Army and BAE Systems continue to work on figuring out what started the fire.  

Counselors will also be onsite to help any employees. 


UPDATE (06/12/2018 12:31 p.m.) -- Officials with the Radford Army Ammunition Plant confirm production is shut down following a flash fire that sent three employees to Wake Forest Hospital Monday night.

The condition of the employees remains unknown at this time.


Authorities said three workers were sent to the hospital after a flash fire at Radford Army Ammunition Plant Monday evening.

Officials with BAE Systems told WFXR News that there was a fire in a production building around 7:30 p.m.

All production has been suspended.

Stay with WFXR News and VirginiaFirst.com for the latest on this developing story

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