One injured and one missing after Texas chemical plant explosion

17 March, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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His brother, Austin Mitchell, told KXAS-TV (NBC 5) he feared the worst for his brother. Another worker with less severe injuries also was treated at a hospital.

One worker was severely burned in the explosion and flown to a Dallas hospital. There were no other injuries reported, but it's not clear how many people were working at the facility on Thursday. We just need prayers.

A second injured person, whose injuries were not as serious, was taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center. He has not been identified.

Witnesses reported hearing cracking and popping and later a loud blast, according to NBC.

The earliest rescuers will be able to start searching for Mitchell will be on Friday morning, once the fire has extinguished itself. 'Then, the fire, it smells like sulfur'.

Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Friday that about half of the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) Tri-Chem Industries plant has caved in and remains on fire. Authorities said workers at the plant were special shoes to eliminate or reduce static discharge. If Mitchell is still in the wreckage, he is believed to be dead, he said.

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The plant provides chemical blending services.

Cornett told The Associated Press that Tri-Chem Industries mixes chemicals that are primarily used by the oil and gas industry to drill disposal wells.

In recent years, Texas leaders have made it increasingly hard for the public to find out about the chemicals manufactured and stored at such plants.

The materials are quite toxic, Cornett said, according to AP.

Investigators from several agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are beginning an investigation of the cause of the Tri-Chem explosions.

A fire at a Texas chemical plant has critically injured one worker and another is missing.

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