Worker Still Missing After Texas Chemical Plant Explosion

Worker Still Missing After Texas Chemical Plant Explosion

At this point, crews are planning to let the fire burn out. Officials said fears of another blast amid the toxic chemicals prevented crews from battling the blaze. Reportedly, chemicals were being mixed as the worker caused the spark.

Hood County records showed that in 2017 the company had chemicals that were toxic and flammable.

Gillum says air quality experts have determined there's no danger of another blast after toxicity concerns stalled initial firefighting efforts.

"What we were told is that one of the people mixing scraped his foot on the floor and then it exploded", said Cornett. Catherine Bradley, a spokeswoman at Parkland, said Speegle was in serious condition Friday.

Wilson said a deputy fire marshal was hospitalized Thursday with breathing difficulties, but was treated and released.

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In a story March 15 about an explosion and fire at a North Texas chemical plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a missing worker is named Dillon Mitchell.

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.

A medical helicopter landed Thursday at MotorSport Ranch, a private race track several miles from the plant, but the worker was too injured to fly, according to the ranch's director of safety and volunteer Cresson firefighter, David Piontkowski.

He says they searched the front half of the building on Thursday and Friday and haven't found the missing worker, who is presumed dead. They will resume Friday.

"They bring in highly-concentrated chemicals and blend it with either water or solids, repackage it into 275 pound tote drums and deliver it to customers", said Cornett.

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There is a fertilizer plant adjacent to the Tri-Chem plant, but Wilson said there was "no known threat" to that facility.

TWO workers have been injured and one remains missing following an explosion at a chemicals plant in Texas, US.

Resting her elbows on a ranch gate near the site of explosions at a Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest of Dallas, Gutierrez waited Friday afternoon for news along with Mitchell's brother and cousin. He is said to have caught fire from the waist up and has been airlifted to hospital with critical burns. Two other employees were sent to hospital with injuries.

The state's on-site emergency spokesman, Staff Sgt. Earl Gillum of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the search has gone from a rescue effort to a recovery effort.

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.

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