Thursday, May 26, 2022


 The answer is that I don't know. What I do know is that there have been incidents both at Elmira Pet Foods and most recently on High St. which need PUBLIC explanations. The "incident" on High St. was an explosion and fire in a garage or shed on a resident's property. It was fortunately quickly handled and put under control presumably by the volunteer Woolwich Fire Department. What I have not seen in our local newspapers (Observer or Record) is any followup explaining in detail the cause of the explosion and fire. That is unacceptable and needs to be done sooner than later even if possibly the answer from the proper authorities is "unknown".                                                                                                                                   ....................................................................................                                                                                       It is my understanding that there may have been as many as three or four small fires at the Pet Foods plant over the last seven or eight years. What also greatly concerns me is the on the job unexplained death of a long term employee several years ago. Basically he was working the night shift on his own and his wife went looking for him the next morning when he failed to return home. She literally found him dead on the floor at his place of employment. Various theories at the time included a lightning strike. Maybe I missed a formal cause of death in our local media but I don't think so. One thing people may not be aware of is that methane while highly explosive at certain concentrations also displaces air. In other words in a closed environment with methane leaking in, serious breathing problems including suffocation are possible. It would help immensely if local media could to the best of their knowledge on the matter clarify these incidents and tragedies. A lack of knowledge and clarity can lead the public to speculate as I am now doing.

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