A day after two people were killed and several injured when a portion of the International Nutrition Building near 77th and F Street caught fire and collapsed, company officials are responding to the tragedy.

Steven J. Silver, president, of International Nutrition issued this statement Tuesday afternoon

“We would like to express our sympathies and condolences to the families of our employees who lost their lives yesterday. We also offer our thoughts and prayers for a swift recovery to those injured and affected by the accident. Many of our employees have worked with us for more than 10 years, and in a family-owned business like ours, the developments that have taken place over the last day are difficult for all involved.

We are Omaha natives, and have owned the company for more than 35 years. We are proud members of the Omaha and State Chambers of Commerce, and have always emphasized the importance of safety. We work with the Nebraska Chapter of the National Safety Council and our procedures are ISO 9001 certified.

In our more than 35 years of doing business, this is the most serious incident to ever happen at our operation, and we are fully cooperating with all government investigators to find the cause.

Our thanks to the many employees who helped and supported each other in the wake of the accident, and our appreciation to the firefighters, rescuers and medical personnel who took care of those employees needing attention.

In the coming days we will assess the damage and explore alternate methods of meeting our customers’ needs. In the meantime, our focus remains on the wellbeing of employees and the search for the cause of this terrible accident.”