Springdale, AR — A worker was killed and several were injured after a fatal fire at the Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies plant in Springdale on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Police were later able to identify the deceased worker as Matthew Chwirka and said that employee Howard Marshall was injured along with another worker in the fire.
The details in the preliminary reports have not been entirely clear, but it appeared that the fire started at AERT inside a mixer at the production portion of the plant at about 2:30 p.m. The fire quickly spread and injured a total of three employees: Chwirka, Marshall, and another worker.
Chwirka was rushed to a burn center to be treated, but passed away a short time later. The fire remains under investigation and the ART’s president issued a statement on Thursday that expressed their condolences for the accident and their commitment to helping them.
Scene of the Accident