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Worker cooked to death in Santa Fe Springs seafood plant

October 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A worker at a Santa Fe Springs seafood maker was found cooked to death at the plant, authorities said.

Jose Melena, 62, was reportedly found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday in a cooking device at the Bumble Bee Foods plant.

Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said it was unclear how the worker ended up inside the device known as a "steamer machine." The state agency has launched an investigation.

Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena's family in a written statement. Menke says operations at the canning facility will be suspended until Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.