One person missing and eight people injured in the explosion and massive fire at Ohio paint factory
At least one person reported missing and eight people injured on early Thursday after an explosion and massive fire at an Ohio paint factory, reports say.
The blaze erupted in Columbus, Ohio, at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant, forcing the first responders evacuated the area.
Five people escaped the factory on their own and were hospitalized for the injuries treatment.
Firefighters then rescued two other people trapped inside. They were also taken to hospital in critical condition.
"Powerful enough to shake my whole house," one of the local resident wrote in Twitter.
Not sure what that was, but about 10 mins ago, there was what felt like large explosion on the east side of Columbus. (West of Airport/I-670 area). Powerful enough to shake my whole house— Stewart Smith (@StewTheMoneyGuy) April 8, 2021
Large smoke column seen west of me, multiple sirens can be heard.
Not good. pic.twitter.com/3DhWy4cnUZ
"Something blew up in Columbus," another replied.
Due to the fact that the factory is home to dangerous materials, the Fire Department had to involve hazmat crews.
"It was all over the city, I think," another wrote. "I'm in central Columbus, by fairgrounds. We heard a 'muffled' explosion-like sound and whole house shook, windows rattled. All the neighbors came out of their houses, our dog ran upstairs to see what was happening, etc."