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Furnace Explodes at Okla. Steel Plant, Killing Two

Two people were killed and a third suffered burns when a furnace exploded Monday at a steel plant in rural Oklahoma, authorities told NBC News.

Few details were available about explosion at the Mid-America Steel and Wire facility in Madill, in southern Oklahoma about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The condition of the third person couldn't immediately be determined Monday night.

IMAGE: Map of Oklahoma explosion.
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A Marshall County emergency dispatcher said the agency received a call that a furnace had exploded about 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET).

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said the scene had been cleared Monday night.

Records of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed no history of violations at Mid-American.

The explosion occurred about six hours after an animal feed plant collapsed and burst into flames in Omaha, Neb. Two people were also killed in that incident, and 17 others were injured, four of them critically.

— M. Alex Johnson