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UPDATED: Vaughan Bassett water tower bursts, closes plant

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A water tank ruptured Wednesday morning at the Vaughan Bassett Furniture plant in Galax, temporarily evacuating employees.

Plant #1 was evacuated after the tank, carrying around 200,000 gallons, burst.

A worker suffered minor injuries and was treated for cuts and bruises at the hospital.

The tank was connected to the plant's sprinkler system.

Company officials say a small fire that damaged the plant's dust and electrical system was put out near the tank.

Shipping and office employees returned to work around 1 p.m., but manufacturing at the plant remains closed.

The main part of the Galax Vaughan Bassett plant will be closed on Thursday, but five departments will be open:

  • Veneer Dept.
  • Shipping Dept.
  • The Glue Room
  • The Lumber Yard
  • VB2 (Vaughan Bassett plant #2)