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UPDATE: BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) - Chief Brown with the Bluefield, Va., Fire Department has provided an update on the condition of a worker injured in an accident at Pemco Tuesday.

Brown says Matthew Lewis was transferred to a hospital in Greensboro, N.C., for treatment of third-degree burns to his face, stomach and hands.

Brown said the industrial oven from which the blast that burned Lewis remained intact. An investigation into what caused the accident is ongoing.

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BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) - A worker at Pemco in Bluefield, Va., suffered burns after a machine exploded in his face Tuesday, the victim's mother tells WVVA News.

Matthew Lewis was being airlifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center with burns to his head and upper body following the accident that occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Lewis was alert and could be seen giving a thumbs up sign as he was loaded on the helicopter at the landing zone set up at Graham Intermediate School.

There's no word at this time on what caused the accident. A Pemco representative tells WVVA News the company is investigating the accident, and its priority is to take care of Lewis and his family while ensuring the safety of all its employees.

Pemco Corporation is a manufacturer of mining parts.

Corporate website: http://www.pemco.net/

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