Officials say the search for a missing worker following an explosion at a Texas chemical plant has been halted while crews clean up chemicals that are leaching from the plant.
The Cresson Mayor and Fire Chief Bob Cornett said it's possible the fire started by a worker dragging his or her foot along the floor while chemicals were being mixed. 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.
Cornett said officials won't know what caused the explosion until the fire is out.
Two victims were hospitalized after an explosion rocked the Tri-Chem Industries Chemical Plant in Cresson, Texas, at 9:30 a.m., according to CBS. Two workers were taken to hospitals, one of them with life-threatening burns. Another worker with less severe injuries also was treated at a hospital.
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Dylan Mitchell, 27, is believed to have been inside the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, Texas when something sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the building, according to NBC 5 in Dallas.
One man was critically burned on his trunk and his hands and was flown about 50 miles to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
One worker is still missing after the fire. It's not clear how numerous chemicals stored at the plant were hazardous. But Rhodes says emergency responders have been evacuated from the vicinity because of fears of another explosion.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesman Brian McGovern did not immediately respond to a request for information.
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