New Windsor deadly fire victim identified

Cosmetic Factory Explosion

Firefighters work at the scene of the factory fire on Monday. Seth Wenig AP Images

As the number of people reporting injuries from deadly explosions at a cosmetics factory jumped to more than 125, investigators on Tuesday tried to determine what caused the blasts at a plant with a checkered history that includes fines for safety violations earlier this year and a fatal workplace shooting 12 years ago.

The three-alarm fire is bringing out fire departments and EMS personnel from across Orange County.

The first explosion occurred around 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Verla International cosmetics factory, New Windsor police said. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

More than 100 firefighters from across the county and from neighboring counties fought the blaze, and authorities said their efforts continued until just after midnight Monday. They related to exit maintenance and use of flammable liquids, among other things. The company agreed to pay $41,000 (U.S.) in penalties. Workers milled about a parking lot while fire crews looked on.

"It's still an active fire scene,"Green said, adding that the flames were "knocked down pretty well at this point".

"In response to the chemical explosion and fire that occurred this morning in New Windsor, I am directing state emergency response teams to assist local officials in the response efforts in any way necessary", Cuomo said.

The factory is located about a half mile from the town hall and police station in New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.

Town Supervisor George Green confirmed an explosion and a secondary explosion happened in the plant. The factory makes nail polish, lotions, perfumes and other cosmetic products, according to its website. An email sent to the company wasn't answered.

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