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. His name is Dylan Mitchell.
Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Earl Gillum said experts determined there were no air quality issues Thursday, but that the site remains risky because of the chemicals still to be cleaned up.
Once the flames died down, crews entered to search for the missing worker but were unable to find him.
Officials say one of two workers injured in an explosion at a Texas chemical plant has been treated and released from a hospital while another remains hospitalized in serious condition.
The Hood County Fire Marshal says both the EPA and a specialized hazmat team are on the ground to help them take the necessary steps to make it safer for crews to go in. Cornett identified the missing worker as 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell.
Cornett says investigators believe the fire at Tri-Chem Industries was sparked when a worker dragged his foot along the floor of the plant while chemicals were being mixed. One was released from the hospital after being treated for chemical contamination while the other remained in serious condition with severe burns from the waist up.
Another worker was treated for lesser injuries.
Emergency-rescue and fire-fighting efforts had to be called off because of the risk of exposure to toxic fumes from the ongoing fire and fears of another blast.
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In a story March 15 about an explosion and fire at a North Texas chemical plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a missing worker is named Dillon Mitchell.
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.
It's believed the explosion may have been caused by static electricity when employees were mixing toxic chemicals.
One man says his brother is still missing.
The blast occurred on Thursday at a plant owned by Tri-Chem Industries in Cresson, 80 km southwest of Dallas. But Rhodes says emergency responders have been evacuated from the vicinity because of fears of another explosion.
Hours ago, the sister of the missing Dylan Mitchell posted a message on Facebook, saying her heart hurts and she can't imagine life without him.
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