Mayor says chemical plant fumes 'quite toxic'

Mayor says chemical plant fumes 'quite toxic'

Cornett identified the missing worker as 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell.

Hood County records showed that in 2017 the company had chemicals that were toxic and flammable. He said investigators have not yet been able to interview the man in treatment at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Parkland spokeswoman Catherine Bradley said Speegle was in serious condition on Friday.

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.

"It's a land mine", Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Friday.

A medical helicopter landed Thursday at MotorSport Ranch, a private race track several miles from the plant, but the worker was too injured to fly, according to the ranch's director of safety and volunteer Cresson firefighter, David Piontkowski. Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett says searchers entered the wreckage late Thursday afternoon thinking they knew where the worker was, but their search was fruitless. They will resume Friday.

Two people were also injured in the fire at Cresson Chemical Plant in Hood County. But Wilson said the plant contains acids that react to heat, pressure and water, which is why they haven't yet turned on the fire hose.

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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 believe a worker dragging his foot along the factory floor sparked the blast, Associated Press reports, though this theory has been called into question after it was noted that staff wear special boots to prevent such an ignition. That worker is hospitalized with critical burns.

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.

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.

Another worker was treated for lesser injuries.

Dylan Mitchell, 27, is believed to have been inside the Tri-Chem Industries Plant, located along Texas 171 in the town of Cresson about 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Thursday when something sparked a fire and explosion that consumed the building.

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