Xytex Corp., Sheriff address incident after tragic loss

Condition of Xytex employee, Anita Wylds, upgraded from critical to serious.

UPDATE:

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Xytex cited by GA State Fire Commissioner’s Office for not having inspection permits to use nitrogen tanks. Company did have permit to install the tanks.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree has identified the Xytex employee being treated at Doctors Hospital.

Anita Wylds is said to be listed in critical condition at this time.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Less than 24 hours after Sgt. Greg Meagher died from inhaling an unknown chemical substance at Xytex Corp., the company responded.

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A Xytex employee told NewsChannel 6 they were meeting Monday morning at the site and would issue a press release, but probably won’t be talking on camera.

The incident started just before 4:00 p.m. Sunday.  A viewer called NewsChannel 6 with a tip that emergency crews responded to the sperm bank and that an officer was hurt.  A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office spokesman later confirmed one of their own, Sgt. Greg Meagher died from inhaling an unknown chemical while responding to an alarm.  The Augusta Fire Department released a statement that firefighters responded to a liquid nitrogen leak. Three other deputies at the building sustained injuries and were treated and released from Augusta University Medical Center.  A Xytex employee, whose name is not being released at this time, is being treated at Doctors Hospital.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree plans to hold a press conference Monday at 2:30 p.m.  We will bring you the latest on NewsChannel 6 at 5.

Photojournalist: Gary Hipps

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