Investigators still looking into cause, one year after Carbide Industries explosion
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been one year since a plant exploded in Rubbertown killing two men and federal investigators still haven't released a cause, but it started in the furnace.
Mayor Greg Fischer said he expects the new furnace to be up and running in a month or so.
"Massive rebuilding going on there," said Fischer "They had some serious decisions to make relative to continuing their company here. I think they have approximately 150 employees as well, so their livelihoods were at stake."
A spokesperson was not available for interviews, but released a statement.
"We continue to mourn the loss of our associates and friends in a private manner," wrote General Manager John Gant "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in the tragic accident that occurred one year ago."
Fischer admits there was a communication breakdown.
"I didn't know what was going on," said resident John Cummings.
The city created Code Red, which proactively alerts residents when there is an emergency and can even be used for weather. Residents can sign up for phone, email, or text alerts.
"The only time that an emergency message was sent was a result of a SWAT situation that occurred in the west end where someone was actively shooting in a neighborhood," said EMA Director Doug Hamilton "The SWAT team had deployed and (we) notified all the neighbors to stay in their homes."
19,000 people have signed up so far.
"It's an example of taking something that's a sad tragic event and making the community stronger as a result of it," said Fischer.
If you would like to sign up for Code Red, you can by clicking here.
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