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Benefit held for families of deadly plant fire victims

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It's been a tough year for employees at the Hoeganeas plant.

Five people have died in separate incidents at the Gallatin plant this year alone.

Saturday afternoon, friends and family gathered to help raise money for several of those families.

"This is the best thing we could come up with," said Hoeganeas employee and event organizer Chad Patton.

On May 27, a flash fire claimed the lives of Eric Hulsey, Fred Tuttle and Rick Lester.

For Patton, today was a chance to help their families and honor their lives.

"It's not just the employees that work there," he said, "but Hoeganaes supports a lot of people's payrolls... everybody in the community."

Dozens showed up from across Sumner County for Sunday's poker ride, raffle and auctions.

"Everybody has just shown so much support.  It's been wonderful," said Patton.

The money raised Sunday will be split evenly between the Husley, Tuttle and Lester families.

The investigation into what happened at the plant still continues, as the company works to make safety improvement to reduce the chance of another flash flood.


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