Imperial Sugar updates rescue, recovery efforts

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS — Imperial Sugar Co. confirmed on Monday that 17 still remained hospitalized at an area burn center after the explosion and fire at a sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., on Feb. 7.

In addition, the company confirmed six fatalities and that two people were still missing.

"The Imperial family is devastated by this heartbreaking event," said John Sheptor, president and chief executive officer. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our injured co-workers, their families and all our associates. We are touched by the level of concern and the outpouring of support shown by the local community and are grateful for the superb response by the local emergency agencies as well as the medical team in Augusta.

"Currently, we are focusing our efforts on working with authorities on the continued rescue efforts, providing all available support to those receiving medical attention as well as the families of those co-workers who have been affected. We are in communications with our customers and suppliers about the ongoing operations at our Gramercy, Louisiana refinery and appreciate their patience and understanding."

After the rescues and recovery effort is complete, agency officials will be allowed inside the refinery to begin investigation.

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