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Sugar blast victim from Hinesville
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A victim of the explosion last week at the Imperial Sugary Co. refinery in Port Wentworth has been identified as Shelathia V. “Shon” Harvey of Hinesville.

Harvey, 31, died Feb. 8, a day after the evening explosion, according to a report from the Chatham County Coroner’s Office on

Eight people have died from the accident and a ninth is presumed dead, though a body has not been recovered. Seven bodies, including Harvey’s, have been recovered at the refinery. One of the victims died Thursday in a burn center in Augusta, where 16 other workers who were injured are being treated.

Officials believe the explosion was caused by sugar dust being ignited by a spark. But no officials have confirmed the cause.

A native of Donalsonville, Harvey came to this area with the U.S. Army, having served a four-year tour of duty on Fort Stewart, according to his obituary.

The Dorchester Funeral Home reports that a memorial service for Harvey will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Waldo Pafford Elementary School. Harvey’s wife, Lashunda teaches fifth grade at the school, according to the school’s Web site.

A spokesman for Dorchester said the family has been reluctant to make details of their life public.

Besides his wife, Harvey is survived by two children, Dominic and KiAna, and many relatives in Donalsonville.

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