Tri-Chem Industries Chemical Plant in North Texas Explodes

By Nushin Huq

One person is injured and one is missing after a Tri-Chem Industries chemical plant in North Texas exploded and caught fire early March 15.

The explosion and fire took place at the plant around 9:45 a.m. in Cresson, Texas, the Hood County Sheriff’s office said in a news release. One person was severely burned and another person was reported missing.

Tri-Chem Industries is a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for foods, soaps, and industrial applications, according to the company website. The company and the owner of the firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed it has opened an investigation into the incident, Juan Rodriguez, deputy regional director for OSHA’s Dallas region, told Bloomberg Environment.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is assisting first responders and coordinating with Hood County, Environmental Protection Agency responders, and Fort Worth HazMat for response actions needed to address any discharges from the site and air monitoring, Brian McGovern, TCEQ spokesman, told Bloomberg Environment. After the emergency response is over, the TCEQ will coordinate any cleanup warranted through the party responsible for the cleanup. TCEQ will monitor the progress of the cleanup and ensure that any impacted area is cleaned up properly. TCEQ also may conduct an investigation to determine compliance with applicable state and federal environmental regulations.

Other federal and state agencies had not yet informed Bloomberg Environment whether they are investigating the cause of the explosion.