17 March, 2018
Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett said the liquid chemical plant where the blast happened manufactures products like soap an acid.
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.
At least two people were injured in a chemical plant explosion on Thursday that left billows of black smoke hanging over Cresson, Texas, as a fire continued to rage for hours.
The fire was reported shortly before 10 Thursday morning.
Firefighters arriving from multiple jurisdictions are working to extinguish the inferno which has engulfed the chemical plant in North Texas, USA. Two workers were taken to hospitals, one of them with life-threatening burns.
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One victim, identified by his family as Jason Segel, suffered severe injuries, while 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell, another employee at the plant, is still missing. Cornett told AP that the plant mixes chemicals used mainly by the oil and gas industry to drill disposal wells. It's not clear how numerous chemicals stored at the plant were hazardous.
A spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for co-ordinating the cleanup, declined to produce a list of the plant's on-site chemicals, telling an AP reporter to file a public information request.
Investigators from several agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are beginning an investigation of the cause of the Tri-Chem explosions.
It wasn't immediately clear what types of chemicals are manufactured at the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dallas. The worker caught fire from the waist up, Cornett said, and was airlifted with critical burn injuries to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.