Hellenic Explosive Technology (ELTEK) confirmed the death of three of its employees during an explosion at the company’s factory at Grevena, northern Greece, on Monday morning.
In its statement, ELTEK expressed “our grief for the loss of our colleagues and our deepest condolences to their loved ones. Right now our thoughts are with the families of the deceased, with whom we are in contact from the first moment. Our company will stand by them in every way, practically and ethically,” according to state-run news agency amna
The company also noted that the exact circumstances of the accident are still under investigation by the relevant authorities, with which the company fully cooperates.
A powerful explosion at the explosives factory occurred at 08:15 on Monday and leveled the affected building.
Firefighters told media earlier that “pieces of flesh” were found.
The victims were locals from the villages nearby and aged 45, 35 and 38.
A security guard survived the explosion with not life-threatening injuries and a strong shock. The 36-year-old man is being hospitalized.
Grevena mayor Giorgos Damastanis said that the explosion was heard for miles around, even in neighboring municipalities, and that some of the factory’s facilities that produced explosives were underground for safety reasons.
According to a Fire Brigade official on the scene of the accident “the factory has turned into a mound of rubble and metal”.