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Texas chemical plant blast leaves one dead

Texas chemical plant blast leaves one dead

POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 4:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 4:49pm

 One person is dead and three others are hurt after an explosion and flash fire at a Southeast Texas chemical plant.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. Thursday at the KMTEX plant near Port Arthur.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll tells KFDM-TV of Beaumont says the explosion reported involved gasoline that was being processed.

Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Fountain tells KBMT-TV of Beaumont that
a 500-barrel fuel tank exploded.

Carroll said two of the injured workers were airlifted, one to Memorial Hermann Hospital and one to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Another was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont.

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