WINCHESTER -- An explosion and fire have damaged a hemp processing plant in Kentucky.
Clark County Fire Chief Ernie Barnes said crews were dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday night to the GenCanna facility on Colby Road in Winchester.
When they arrived, they saw a large body of fire in one building, Barnes said, but the flames were extinguished quickly.
Barnes said the building where the explosion and fire occurred looks like a large laboratory and sustained major structural damage.
Kathryn Robertson, vice president of external relations and spokesperson for GenCanna, said there about five employees in the building at the time of the fire, but none working in the specific area where the fire occurred.
"We're very fortunate everyone got out and no one was injured," she said.
GenCanna cultivates hemp plants and processes them into CBD products including oil and powder.
The Kentucky State Police, the state fire marshal, and the Winchester Fire Department will investigate what caused the explosion and fire.
GenCanna Executive Vice President Gary Broadbent said he was thankful for the quick response from fire crews.