Explosion, building collapse on Perdue factory compound in Accomack Co.

Posted at 6:35 AM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 11:13:24-05

Accomack County, Va. – Part of a building on the Perdue factory compound on the Eastern Shore collapsed early Thursday morning after there was an explosion in the boiler room.

Emergency dispatchers first received calls about a fire at the factory around 3:30 a.m., but when crews arrived they found no flames and part of the building collapsed.

According to Fire Chief Philip Kelly, it occurred in the Valley Protein building on the Perdue factory compound. The portion of the building used to be owned by Perdue but was sold to Valley Protein several years ago.

A 60-year-old man was transported to an area hospital with first and second degree burns. He was later airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General.

No word on what caused the explosion.

Additional updates will be posted as they become available.