RADFORD, Va. (AP) — One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense has died.
The Joint Munitions Command of the U.S. Army says Andrew Goad died Saturday due to injuries sustained during last week’s blaze at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia.
The 42-year-old man of Dublin, Virginia, worked as a group leader at the facility.
In a statement, plant commander Lt. Col James Scott said Goad “made the ultimate sacrifice” while doing the “dangerous work” of producing munitions.
The U.S. Army owns the plant and defense contractor BAE Systems operates it. The facility employs nearly 1,200 people and is a leading producer of military-grade propellants for the Department of Defense.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.