HNI building damage

Exterior of HNI's counterweight building was damaged in Monday's LP tank explosion.

MUSCATINE — There were no injuries in Monday's fuel explosion in HNI's counterweight building. According to Gary Carlson, vice-president of community relations for HNI Corporation, an LP tank used to fuel a forklift exploded and caused a small fire. 

"The most important thing is that no one was injured," Carlson said. "We are constantly working on safety issues. When there is an alarm, why do you evacuate? Where do you go?" 

He said that the ensuing fire was quickly contained by the Muscatine Fire Department.

The catalyst of the incident is currently under investigation. 

"They are still doing an investigation in conjunction with the forklift people, our people (and) the fire department because we all want to understand for sure what happened," Carlson said.

On the exterior of the building, the metal siding was pushed out. Carlson explained that these damaged sections were close to the explosion.

"Our people are examining whether there is any structural damage to the building," Carlson said. "We know there is some minor damage to the building, but they are checking on those issues."

The section was separated from the rest of the building with firewalls. Though people were evacuated from the building, no one was present in the section that experienced the explosion. 

Counterweights for furniture features like drawers are manufactured in the area. 

"It's a small product that we make in that section of the building that we also make in other parts of the community so there is no loss in production for any of our folks so I suspect that we will be up and running again tomorrow," Carlson said. "There is no loss of production."

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