One injured and one missing after Texas chemical plant explosion

Firefighters battle INFERNO after huge blast at Texas chemical plant

Crews have suspended their search for the night for a worker missing since an explosion and fire at a North Texas chemical plant and will resume Friday. There is little chance that the man, who was believed to be inside the building, could be found alive, and officials are calling the search operation a "recovery" effort.

Firefighters are battling a huge fire after an explosion at a chemical plant in Hood County.

The flames have subsided at the site except for some hot spots, and the highway on which the plant is situated has reopened.

One of the injured suffered from severe burns and was sent to a Dallas hospital for treatment, FOX 4 reported.

That worker is hospitalized with critical burns.

About a dozen people work at the chemical plant, which is about a year old, according to NBC 5.

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The plant provides chemical blending services. It's not clear how numerous chemicals stored at the plant were hazardous.

He later told NBC that dragging the foot could have caused static electricity and started the fire, but said the cause won't be clear until investigators have had time to go onto the scene once the fire is completely out.

The Environmental Protection Agency and other authorities are monitoring air emissions. In all, there are about 12 people who work at the plant.

The earliest rescuers will be able to start searching for Mitchell will be on Friday morning, once the fire has extinguished itself.

One man says his brother is still missing. Cresson is about 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth. But Rhodes says emergency responders have been evacuated from the vicinity because of fears of another explosion.

"Hours. It's been hours and no one's heard from him or seen him", he said.

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