(MENAFN) Patricia Borges, a machine operator at the R.M. Palmer Co. chocolate factory in Pennsylvania, was one of the few survivors of an explosion that killed seven of her co-workers and injured 10 others. Borges recounted the terrifying experience from her hospital bed in West Reading, Pennsylvania, just minutes from the chocolate factory where the incident occurred on March 24th.
According to Borges, the building was engulfed in flames when the floor beneath her gave way. She thought it was the end for her until she fell into a vat of liquid chocolate, which extinguished her burning arm. However, Borges still suffered injuries from the fall, breaking her collarbone and both heels. She spent the next nine hours screaming for help and waiting for rescue as firefighters battled the inferno and helicopters thumped overhead.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed Borges on Friday, according to her family. The cause of the explosion has not been determined, but federal, state, and local investigations are underway. The federal transportation safety agency has characterized it as a natural gas explosion.
The explosion at the R.M. Palmer Co. chocolate factory has left the community reeling and mourning the loss of seven lives. Borges's miraculous survival has been attributed to the vat of liquid chocolate that broke her fall and extinguished the flames on her arm. Her harrowing experience serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety and the devastating consequences when safety measures fail.
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