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Eight injured, one missing after an explosion, a fire at a paint factory in Ohio



Eight people were injured and one person is missing after an explosion and a second alarm fire at a paint plant in Ohio early Thursday.

About 40 employees were working shortly after midnight when the blast occurred in one of five buildings on the Yenkin-Majestic Paint campus in Columbus, officials said.

As most officers left the building when firefighters arrived on the scene, authorities learned that two had been trapped, according to Columbus Fire Division Chief Steve Martin.

They were eventually rescued and taken to Ohio State University Hospital with critical injuries, he said. Six others were stable.

Firefighters responded to a second alarm fire at the Yenkin Magestic Paint plant in Columbus, Ohio.The Columbus Division of Fire

Another person is still missing, although the crews “went through the entire building,” a fire department said in a statement.

The other four buildings on the paint factory’s campus were empty during the blast and fire. The facility is in an industrial area.

The exact cause of the blast and fire are being investigated, but there are many chemicals in the building, Martin said.




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