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Search continues for missing worker in Cresson chemical fire

One worker was missing and two others were injured Thursday in a Cresson chemical fire. The town is 25 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
One worker was missing and two others were injured Thursday in a Cresson chemical fire. The town is 25 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

A chemical plant employee remains missing Friday morning after a fire Thursday morning at a commercial building in Cresson that injured two other workers, authorities in Hood County said Friday morning.

Hood County Fire Marshal firefighters went back Friday morning to the scene of the blaze in the 2600 block of North Cresson Highway. The town is about 25 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The fire was reported about 9:45 a.m Thursday at Tri-Chem Industries, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said in a telephone interview.

"We've had reports of multiple fires at that location," sheriff's Lt. Johnny Rose said Thursday morning.

Friday morning, Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said that six unsuccessful searches of the front portion of the building, which did not collapse during the explosion, have been conducted since yesterday evening.

"We're back out here this morning getting heavy equipment to the collapsed area, where we still have fire," Wilson said Friday.

At least 12 workers were in the building when the fire erupted, Deeds said.

One worker was badly burned and was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. A man who suffered slight burns was taken to a Granbury hospital and was reported to be in good condition.

A firefighter who was overcome by fumes was treated and released from a nearby hospital, according to authorities.

One worker remained missing, the sheriff said. The family of the missing man identified him as Dylan Mitchell, 27, according to Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.

"The other workers got out and were not injured," the sheriff said.

Authorities have not released any information on how the blaze started. Wilson said that the cause likely won't be discovered until the collapsed portion of the building is excavated.

"We're working as quick as we can, but we are making sure we do it as safely as we can," Wilson said. "We don't need anybody else getting hurt.

"This probably won't be the sort of investigation where we're done in an hour," Wilson added. "This may be a long, drawn-out affair for us."

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