1 missing after explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Texas

Oscar Cross
March 17, 2018

The family of Dillon Mitchell, a 27-year-old man who works at the plant, told CBS 11 News reporter MaryAnn Martinez‏ that he is the employee still missing at the blast site.

A second injured person, whose injuries were not as serious, was taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center.

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. In all, there are about 12 people who work at the plant. "It smells like sulfur".

The witnesses said there were "big fireballs" shooting out of the building.

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. If Mitchell is still in the wreckage, he is believed to be dead, he said.


The mayor of the rural North Texas town where an explosion and fire rocked a chemical plant says crews won't be able to search for a missing man until Friday morning.

Although there is a fertilizer plant adjacent to the Tri-Chem plant, Wilson said there's "no known threat to their facility". Cornett told AP that the plant mixes chemicals used mainly by the oil and gas industry to drill disposal wells.

A fire at a Texas chemical plant has critically injured one worker and another is missing. Most recently, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby had two explosions early in the morning on August 31, after having lost power for days following Hurricane Harvey's landfall.

'What was burnt and exploded was quite toxic, ' Cornett said.

Investigators from several agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are beginning an investigation of the cause of the Tri-Chem explosions.

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