One worker at a Latvian manufacturer is dead after a fire breaks out at facility
A press release referred to it as simply, “the incident.” But a fire at an Olainfarm site in Latvia last week has left one person dead, and injured another, the company announced Monday.
Just before midnight Nov. 26, a fire broke out in the production building of JSC Olainfarm, as the result of an “accident,” a company spokesperson said in an email to Endpoints News. The two victims were both company employees, and the causes of the accident are still being determined.
A loss assessment is underway, Olainfarm said, but production has not been disrupted. Olainfarm AS is a Latvian manufacturer of chemical and pharmaceutical products, and the company has the goal of adding new finished dosage forms and APIs to its product range every year.
“The company’s management cooperates with all the responsible authorities in clarifying the circumstances of the accident. It is too early to estimate the exact scale of the accident and the impact on the company’s operations,” Olainfarm said in the email. “Our priority is to support the victim and their families.”
Thirty-six fire and rescue workers responded to the scene, according to local media outlets. The building is located in Olaine, about 27 kilometers from the Riga airport.
In 2013, an explosion caused by a toluene vapor leak sent two people to the hospital, after several windows were knocked out, and work was halted in two production sites. The company insisted that there was no harm or pollution to the surrounding environment as a result of the explosion, and a fire did not end up breaking out.
In its 2021 financial statement, Olainfarm announced that its largest sales volume was in Latvia, where it accounted for 30% of the company’s total revenue, and 5% more than the same time frame last year. Two weeks ago, the company initiated a civil case in court against former employee and shareholder Marcis Judzis.