Sugar refinery lawsuit

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- An employee at a sugar refinery that exploded last month has filed a lawsuit in state court against a company that was hired to clean dust at the plant outside Savannah.

An attorney for Raquel Islas is seeking punitive damages from Stokes Contracting.

Investigators have blamed the February 7th explosion at the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth on sugar dust that ignited.

Islas's attorney, Joseph Berrigan, says Stokes Contracting isn't responsible for the ignition but is responsible for what happened to Islas because the company failed to clean up and dispose of sugar dust prior to the explosion that killed 13 people.

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