The Tri-Chem Industries Plant in Cresson, Texas was home to multiple explosions on Thursday, March 15. The plant workers reported one main explosion which was quickly followed by several secondary explosions, completely destroying the plant in the process. Two of the employees were badly burned in the explosions, and another has been reported missing. The family of the employee reported missing has begun to fear the worst.
The city of Cresson is home to 786 people, and they are all in danger at this time from the deadly black smoke billowing up from the plant. The plant mixes chemicals for a variety of uses, from acid to soap and chemicals used by the oil and gas companies to drill disposal wells. The fire was started when one of the employees drug his foot on the floor when chemicals were being mixed nearby.
The employee who accidentally started the fire was flown to a nearby hospital as he had caught fire from the waist up. The Fort Worth Fire Department is sending ten units to the scene to provide hazardous material and fire support to the small local department. Officials urge anyone who comes into contact with any of the black smoke to go immediately to the hospital as it is extremely toxic. If you see the black smoke, avoid the area completely.