Mayfield, Kentucky – About 110 people were in the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory when a deadly tornado touched down at approximately midnight in Mayfield, a community located in the southwest corner of Kentucky with a population of about 10,000 people. Mayfield is 227 miles southwest of Louisville and 134 miles northwest of Nashville. Eight people have been confirmed dead and eight were still missing as of Sunday.
The devastating tornados touched down late Friday night thru early Saturday morning and barreled through parts of Kentucky near the Tennessee border ripping off the roofs and throwing debris into throughfares. Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency and has deployed 181 National Guard troops to affected zones Saturday morning.
At a Saturday 5 a.m. briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said “There were about 110 people in it at the time that the tornado hit it” and continued saying “We believe we’ll lose at least dozens of those individuals. It’s very hard. Really tough. And we’re praying for each and every one of those families.”
“I’m now certain that number is north of 70,” he said. “It may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done”
Kyanna Parsons-Perez, an employee at the candle factory, said workers had been rushed to a safe area before the tornado hit. “My ears start popping. And it was like the building, we all just rocked back and forth, and then boom — everything fell on us,” she said.
Parsons-Perez told reporters that she was trapped under 5 feet of wreckage for about two hours until first responders were able to free her “I was screaming like, ‘Sir, can you please just get this so I can move my leg?’ He said, ‘Ma’am, there’s about 5 feet worth of debris on top of you.”
She said it was the “absolutely the most terrifying” event she had ever experienced. “I did not think I was going to make it at all.”
In Mayfield, Beshear held back tears as he described the devastation, he observed late Saturday morning at the candle factory.
“We’re gonna lose a lot of lives at that facility,” Beshear said. “And I pray that there will be another rescue, and pray they’ll there’ll be another one or two. But it’s a very dire situation at this point.”
“I think the largest loss of life in this tornado event is and will be there, and it may end up being the largest loss of life in any tornado event in a single location in the state’s history,” Beshear said.
The word candle comes from Middle English candel, from Old English and from Anglo-Norman candele, both from Latin candēla, from candēre ‘to shine’.
Preceding the candle, people used oil lamps where a burning wick was set in a vessel of liquid oil. The Romans started producing true dipped candles from tallow, beginning around 500 BC and candles made in European ancient times were made from numerous forms of natural fat, tallow, and wax. In ancient Rome, candles were made of tallow due to the prohibitive cost of beeswax and today, 100% pure beeswax candles can cost up to 10 times as much as soy or paraffin candles.
The highly toxic fumes and soot released by burning paraffin wax are the same as those found in burning diesel fuel.
Poisonous chemicals present in paraffin (and released into the air through burning) include, but are not limited to known carcinogens such as: Acetone, Benzene, Toluene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol and Cyclopentene.
To learn more about this subject, type “Paraffin Candles Toxic”, “Toxic Fumes Scented Candles” or any combination of similar keywords into the search box of your favorite search engine.
100% pure beeswax candles are made of beeswax which is a natural, raw organic product of the hive made by honey bees. 100% pure beeswax burn clean and have their own natural honey-floral fragrance even when not burning. Unlike paraffin candles, they do not contain any additives, synthetic chemicals or leave behind black soot from smoke when they are burned.
The highest quality beeswax candles are hand poured or dipped and made with 100% cotton wicks and 100% all natural, unbleached yellow beeswax, produced by bees in the USA.