The vice president of Guardian Glass says everyone is safe after an explosion and fire at its DeWitt, Iowa, USA float plant at 7pm on Saturday June 3.

Rick Zoulek says work will resume soon at the DeWitt plant, but some parts of the plant will need additional repairs.

Guardian Glass officials said on Sunday morning that all five employees who required medical attention were released from care the previous night without serious injury. Emergency crews were on-site throughout the evening on Saturday.

From Rick Zoulek, Vice President of the Americas, Guardian Glass: “I’m pleased to report that everyone is safe following Saturday’s fire and explosion at our DeWitt, Iowa plant and personnel are returning to work.

“The safety of our employees remains Guardian Glass’ No. 1 priority. The glass inventory was not damaged, and we have resumed glass shipments, processing customer orders through normal communication channels.

“We will resume coating and tempering operations at the plant soon. While the float glass line will experience an extended repair, Guardian is creating the best possible plan to meet the needs of its customers, including support from other Guardian Glass US plants and our global manufacturing network.

"We will continue to work with our customers to minimise any interruption of service.”