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17 March 2018, 01:30 | Mandy Simon

One injured and one missing after Texas chemical plant explosion

Firefighters battle INFERNO after huge blast at Texas chemical plant

Investigators believe a worker dragging his foot along a factory floor sparked a Thursday explosion at a Texas chemical plant that injured two workers and left a third unaccounted for, and fears of another blast amid the toxic chemicals prevented crews from battling the ensuing blaze, an official said.

Witnesses reported hearing cracking and popping and later a loud blast, according to NBC.

A total of nine emergency-rescue and fire departments responded to the massive fire at Tri-Chem Industries plant, which is located about 50 miles southwest of Dallas. A berm has been built up surrounding the site of the plant, Cornett said.

"Things were blowing out of the roof, like metal lids on buckets".

'It sucks. I feel hollow. 'Then, the fire, it smells like sulfur'.

At least two explosions have been reported at the plant.

Firefighters were ordered to stand down over concerns about additional explosions and toxic fumes.

The area is now closed to traffic, and the chemical plant and a nearby lumber yard have been evacuated. They allowed the fire to burn itself out.

The explosion remains under investigation.

Texas has suffered a series of plant explosions over the past few years.

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. In all, there are about 12 people who work at the plant.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

On top of the missing person, DPS says one worker was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He was identified to NBC as Jason Speegle by his mother-in-law, who said he only started working at the facility three weeks ago.

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