Missing man presumed dead after Cresson plant explosion

Pauline Gross
March 19, 2018

A blaze has erupted at a Texas chemical plant along with a series of powerful blasts.

Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson says, "Use their expertise to move through the building and not just rush in".

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

Two people were also injured in the fire at Cresson Chemical Plant in Hood County.

A third worker is missing and presumed dead after Thursday's explosion at Tri-Chem Industries in Cresson, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dallas. However, Austin Mitchell says his brother, 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell, is the missing worker. Crews found nothing before they called off the search last night. He didn't know when they would resume the search.

A spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency responsible for coordinating the cleanup, declined to produce a list of the plant's on-site chemicals, telling an AP reporter to file a public information request.

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The girlfriend of the man who is missing and presumed dead after an explosion at a Texas chemical plant says she keeps calling his phone, hoping he'll answer or that the rescuers will hear it and find him.

Although there is a fertilizer plant adjacent to the Tri-Chem plant, Wilson said there's "no known threat to their facility".

Workers were mixing chemicals used in oil and gas drilling when the first of two explosions occurred at a Tri-Chem Industries plant 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Fort Worth on Thursday, a local official said.

More than a dozen emergency workers were treated for respiratory problems from smoke inhalation in that incident. One was badly burned and had to be transported to Dallas, while his co-worker was taken to a local hospital.

Gillum says experts determined there are no air quality issues but the site remains unsafe because of the hazardous industrial chemicals.

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