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Eight injured, one missing after explosion, fire at Ohio paint plant

Eight people were injured and there is no question of a person after an explosion and other alarm fire at a paint plant in Ohio early Thursday.

About 40 employees were working just after midnight when the explosion took place in one of five buildings on Yenkin-Majestic Paint’s campus in Columbus, officials said.

While most of the staff got out of the building when firefighters arrived at the scene, authorities discovered two were trapped, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.

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

Firefighters respond to another fire at the Yenkin Magestic Paint plant in Columbus, Ohio.Columbus Division of Fire

Another person was still missing even though the crews had “been through the entire building,” the fire department said in a statement.

The other four buildings on the campus’ campus were empty at the time of the explosion and fire. The plant is in an industrial area.

The exact cause of the explosion and the flame are under investigation, but there were many chemicals in the building, Martin said.

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