Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Family: 27-Year-Old Worker Still Missing In Chemical Plant Explosion

Family: 27-Year-Old Worker Still Missing In Chemical Plant Explosion

The fire was believed to have been caused by a worker who dragged his foot along the floor of the plant as the chemicals were being mixed, Cornett told the Associated Press.

A fire burns at the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, Texas.


Crews were eventually evacuated from the vicinity due to the risk of another explosion and possible exposure to risky chemicals.

The search resumed Friday for the third worker who Gillum has said is presumed dead.

The plant is located along Texas State Highway 171 in the Hood County town of Cresson. Another injured employee was treated at a hospital with less severe injuries.

Cresson mayor Bob Cornett said that seven fire departments were battling the fire, but firefighters had to pull back from the scene due to the risk of additional explosions. Cornett identified the missing worker as 27-year-old Dillon Mitchell.

Tri-Chem Industries offers commercial chemical blending services for customers in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region, according to its website.

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. Authorities said workers at the plant were special shoes to eliminate or reduce static discharge.

One man says his brother is still missing. They also saw fireballs shooting out of the building.

Rhodes says that from City Hall, she could see black smoke coming from the plant, which is several miles away.

At this point, crews are planning to let the fire burn out.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesman Brian McGovern did not immediately respond to a request for information.

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