A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday.
Investigators said Thursday that they believe the explosion was caused by a worker dragging his foot along the factory floor.
In this image from video by KDFW, a fire burns at the Tri-Chem Industries plan in Cresson, Texas.
Crews were eventually evacuated from the vicinity due to the risk of another explosion and possible exposure to unsafe chemicals. Mitchell has been missing since the fire was first reported; two of his coworkers were found and have been hospitalized with injuries. He says the worker caught fire from his waist up and was airlifted with critical burn injuries to a hospital in Dallas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.
One victim, identified by his family as Jason Segel, suffered severe injuries, while 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell, another employee at the plant, is still missing.
He also said the earliest rescuers will be able to start searching for Mitchell will be on Friday morning, once the fire has extinguished itself.
Aerial photos showed the plant's metal beams had caved in.
After a fertilizer plant explosion in the city of West, Texas, killed 15 people in 2013, Greg Abbott, who was then attorney general and is now governor, ruled that state agencies could withhold information about hazardous chemicals because of "ongoing terroristic activity".
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Firefighters are battling a huge fire after an explosion at a chemical plant in Hood County. He says he doesn't know how numerous chemicals stored at the plant were hazardous, but that "what was burnt and exploded was quite toxic".
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