Eight people were injured and one person was not found after an explosion and a second alarm fire at an Ohio paint plant early Thursday.
About 40 employees were working just after midnight when the explosion occurred at one of five buildings on the Yenkin-Majestic Paint campus in Columbus, officials said.
As most of the workers exited the building when firefighters arrived at the scene, authorities learned that two of them had been trapped, according to Columbus Division Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.
They were eventually rescued and taken to Ohio State University Hospital with serious injuries, he said. Six others were stable.
Another person was still missing, even though teams had “scoured the entire building,” firefighters said in a statement.
The other four buildings on the paint factory campus were empty at the time of the explosion and fire. The facility is located in an industrial area.
The exact cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation, but there were a lot of chemicals in the building, Martin said.