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Two More Funerals Held In Kinston As Authorities Sift Through Debris For Second Straight Day

Posted February 2, 2003

— Two more funerals were held in Kinston on Sunday as federal investigators continued to search for the cause of a factory explosion that killed four workers.

Funerals for James Byrd and William Gray marked a day of remembering Wednesday's fatal blast at the West Pharmaceutical Services plant.

Nine other victims remained in critical condition Sunday at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

The pastor of one church that became an emergency refuge for families of workers immediately after the explosion blast urged his congregation to be thankful the community escaped further destruction.

Immanuel Baptist Church pastor Harold Burton told his congregation it could have been so much worse and that God performed a miracle. About 130 people were inside the plant at the time of the blast.

Meanwhile, a representative of Lenoir County Emergency Management said Sunday that the State Bureau of Investigation finished its work at the plant on Saturday.

The Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms personnel plan to be finished at the scene on Monday, though the Environmental Protection Agency expects to be at the scene for a while longer.

Lenoir Emergency Management also is expected to issue a press release, possibly regarding preliminary findings, early to mid-week.

Previous Stories

  • February 1, 2003:

    Explosion Victim Mourned As Authorities Enter Burned-Out Facility

  • January 31, 2003:

    Community Rallies To Help Kinston Burn Victims

  • January 31, 2003:

    Investigators Wait To Survey Building; Fourth Victim Dies

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