In a news release from Cargill North America media relations director Daniel Sullivan, two Cargill employees were injured in an explosion early Thursday morning in Dodge City.

"A small stand-alone building at our protein facility in Dodge City, experienced an explosion this morning," the news release said. "Two employees are receiving medical treatment for burns and we are investigating the cause of the accident.

"As an extra precaution, our production will be suspended today. We expect to be operational soon and will meet all our customer commitments.

"We are grateful for the partnership of the local emergency medical response team.

"Our focus is on the safety of our employees and getting the best care for our colleagues."

At around 11 a.m., Cargill released an update stating, "As an extra precaution, some shifts have been suspended today while fabrication shifts remain on schedule.

"We expect to be fully operational soon and will meet all our customer commitments."

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