Mayor says chemical plant fumes 'quite toxic'

Mayor says chemical plant fumes 'quite toxic'

Crews made a decision to stand down and let the fire burn itself out, for fear of exposing first responders to the risk of additional explosions or fumes, NBC 5 reported.

A North Texas man and his family fear the worst after an explosion destroyed the chemical plant where his brother worked Thursday morning.

The second person's injuries were not as serious and was taken to the Lake Granbury Medical Center.

In this image from video by KDFW, a fire burns at the Tri-Chem Industries plan in Cresson, Texas. "Then, the fire. It smells like sulfur".

First responders - including many fire volunteers - were called to the fire at just before 10am after witnesses reported hearing a crackling followed by a pop and a 'big kaboom, ' according to NBC.

Secondary explosions were seen at about 11.15am (4pm GMT) as the fire continued to burn through the building located along Texas Highway 171.

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     BIG KABOOM Witnesses say they heard multiple explosions at the Tri Chem Industries Plant
NBC BIG KABOOM Witnesses say they heard multiple explosions at the Tri Chem Industries Plant

Firefighters were ordered to stand down over concerns about additional explosions and toxic fumes. It's thought about 12 people normally work at the plant, which opened in early 2017.

Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Friday that about half of the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) Tri-Chem Industries plant has caved in and remains on fire.

Investigators said Thursday that they believe the explosion was caused by a worker dragging his foot along the factory floor.

The plant provides chemical blending services. A berm has been built up surrounding the site of the plant, Cornett said.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency and other authorities are monitoring air emissions.

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