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1 missing after explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Texas

17 March 2018, 01:34 | Jermaine Blake

One worker missing, two others injured in Cresson chemical fire | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Terrifying explosion rips through chemical plant as witnesses hear 'big kaboom'

Crews made a decision to stand down and let the fire burn itself out, for fear of exposing first responders to the risk of additional explosions or fumes, NBC 5 reported.

A man is feared dead after an explosion at a chemical plant in Texas on Thursday. The other person's injuries were not as serious.

Dylan Mitchell is believed to have been inside the Tri-Chem Industries plant, which is located in Cresson, about 20 miles outside of Fort Worth, when something sparked a fire and an explosion consumed the building, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported. There were no other injuries reported, but it's not clear how many people were working at the facility on Thursday. In all, there are about 12 people who work at the plant.

Witnesses reported hearing cracking and popping and later a loud blast, according to NBC. 'Then, the fire, it smells like sulfur'.

The mayor of the rural North Texas town where an explosion and fire rocked a chemical plant says crews won't be able to search for a missing man until Friday morning.

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The Tri-Chem plant and a nearby lumber yard were evacuated. Cornett told AP that the plant mixes chemicals used mainly by the oil and gas industry to drill disposal wells. The liquid chemical plant manufactures things like soap and acid, according to Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett.

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.

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.

The Environmental Protection Agency deployed an on-site co-ordinator to help monitor air emissions, spokesman David Gray said.

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