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4 Hurt in Chemical Plant Blast and Fire

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About 100 firefighters responded to the incident at the PMC Biogenix specialty chemicals facility in Memphis, TN Tuesday afternoon.

Crews were sent to the PMC Biogenix chemical plant in Memphis, TN Tuesday afternoon after an explosion occurred and a fire ignited in the facility, local news organizations reported.

About 100 firefighters responded to the Pope Street site after the blast was reported around 3:30 p.m., coverage by CBS News affiliate WREG said. Upon arrival, personnel encountered thick smoke and a large fire.

Several videos of the incident posted to Facebook show a massive plume of gray smoke above the plant.

A fire official told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that the blast is thought to have occurred as a fatty acid was being handled. One injured person was taken to an area hospital and three others received treatment on scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

PMC Biogenix manufactures a variety of specialty chemical products using renewable resources, according to its website, including fatty acids, methyl esters, metallic stearates, glycerol and sorbitol esters, glycerin, and fatty amides and bisamides.

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