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Madill steel plant responds following deadly furnace explosion

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MADILL -- The Madill steel plant where two employees died in an explosion this week is now responding.

Gonzalo Martinez, 38, and Brody Davenport, 23, died at work Monday afternoon.

Mid American Steel and Wire now says, "A violent reaction occurred at the Electric Arc Furnace resulting in two fatalities, two valuable team members of our company family."

The Oklahoma Fire Marshall says it used a crane Thursday to lift the lid off the furnace so it could investigate what caused of the explosion.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is also investigating whether any of its standards were violated.

Mid American Steel and Wire turns scrap metal into wire commonly used for fencing by farmers.

The funeral for Martinez will be held Friday in Madill.

He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and turned 38 years old ten days before his death.

He leaves behind a wife and children.

Davenport is a Durant High School graduate. His father also works for the company. The funeral services for Davenport will be held on Saturday in Durant.

A statement on the Facebook page for Mid-American's sister company, Oklahoma Steel and Wire says, "On Monday January 20th, 2014, a tragic accident occurred at Mid American Steel and Wire. A violent reaction occurred at the Electric Arc Furnace resulting in two fatalities, two valuable team members of our company family. The team members we lost were Mr. Brody Davenport a second generation member of our organization and Mr. Gonzalo Martinez who also has many relatives working for our organization, both men have roots that run deep within our collective family. Our prayers and thoughts are with their families during this very difficult time. An accident investigation is currently underway both internally as well as with outside agencies such as OSHA & law enforcement. Company operations have been halted until further notice. We appreciate the patience of all those affected while we complete the investigation and deal with this tragic loss."

Memorial accounts have been set up in the victims' names at Landmark Banks.

The medical examiner has classified both deaths as accidental.

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