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Human remains recovered at site of Cresson chemical plant explosion

Hazardous chemicals are still being removed from the Tri-Chem plant in Cresson from a fire that collapsed part of the plant on March 15,  according to authorities.
Hazardous chemicals are still being removed from the Tri-Chem plant in Cresson from a fire that collapsed part of the plant on March 15, according to authorities. WFAA-TV

Officials recovered human remains about 3 p.m. Wednesday at the site of a fire and explosion that collapsed part of a chemical plant in Cresson.

The remains were taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth for positive identification.

The remains are believed to be those of Dylan Mitchell, 27, the one worker who has remained missing since the March 15 fire and explosion, according to officials.

At least 12 workers were in the building when the fire erupted and 11 of those workers have been accounted for.

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.

Members of the Hood County Fire Marshall's Office and the Tarrant County Arson Task Force continue to investigate the cause of the fire and explosion that occurred on Thursday at the Tri-Chem Industries plant.

Workers also continue to clean residue from the chemicals that seeped onto the ground from the explosion and the fire that followed, said Earl Gillum Jr., a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Officials have said that EPA workers have made repeated visits to the plant site to make sure the air quality remains good.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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