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1 Hurt, 1 Missing after Texas Chemical Plant Explosions

March 15, 2018

One worker was injured and another remains missing following two explosions and a fire Thursday morning at the Tri-Chem Industries fertilizer plant in Cresson, TX.

Several fire departments responded to the scene in Hood County after an explosion was reported at about 9:45 a.m. Another explosion was observed at 11:15 a.m., according to a report by an NBC News affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“Things were blowing out of the roof, like metal lids on buckets. Then, the fire,” a man working next to the facility at the time of the incident, Jesse Bailey, told the NBC affiliate. “It smells like sulfur.”

A worker was severely burned and transported to an area hospital, while another worker is still unaccounted for. Part of a nearby highway was closed down during the incident.

The mayor of Cresson, TX, Bob Cornett, told local news organizations that the plant produces soap and acid. Various media reports have referred to the facility as a “fertilizer plant.”

Cornett said the company is working to account for all of its employees at the plant. The cause of the explosions and the fire remain unclear.

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