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5 injured after explosion caused massive fire at midtown business

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UPDATE: Five workers were injured after an explosion caused a massive fire at the Desert Whale Jojoba Company Wednesday night.

Firefighters responded to calls of a heavy fire and explosions coming from the plant located at 2101 East Beverly Drive, near East 22nd Street and Aviation Highway, at around 11:41 p.m.

Once on scene, firefighters and paramedics quickly began treating victims hurt in the explosion. There were six employees inside the building when the explosion occurred. Five workers were injured and were transported to the hospital.

Two of those patients were flown to Phoenix for treatment of their "extensive injuries" according to fire officials. 

The magnitude and intensity of the blaze forced Tucson Fire to call a second alarm to bring in more firefighters to help fight the massive fire.  

According to Tucson Fire, a broken gas line also fueled the flames that engulfed the entire plant that manufactures jojoba oils used for cosmetic products. 

Tucson fire says the explosion blew the roof off the building and onto the road.

It took 46 firefighters, 19 units, including 3 aerial ladder trucks, nearly two-and-a-half hours to control the fire and keep it from spreading to a nearby building.

There were no reported injuries to firefighters.

Southwest Gas, Tucson Electric Power and Tucson Water helped firefighters control the building's utilities.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The Human Resources department of the company released the following statement:

Our priority is our employees and their well-being. Five employees were injured last night.  Three have been released from the hospital while two employees remain hospitalized.  We have no further information on their condition at this time.  We are working with our internal safety and technical team as well as outside services and government agencies to understand more around last night’s events.  I want to thank the first responders for their timely response and their support in helping our employees. 


TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson Firefighters are responding to a two-alarm building fire near 22nd Street and Aviation Parkway. 

A building is on fire in the 2100 block of East Beverly Drive, according to Tucson Fire Dept. spokesperson Andy Skaggs. 

Two people are injured, but the extent of their injuries are not yet known. 

Stay with News 4 Tucson for updates on this developing story. 

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