One person was killed and eight people were hurt in an explosion and fire at an Ohio paint plant early Thursday. About 40 employees were working just after midnight when the blast occurred in one of five buildings on Yenkin-Majestic Paint’s campus in Columbus, located at 1920 Leonard Ave. There were additional explosions as the fire burned. Two people who were trapped in the building were removed and transported in critical condition to Ohio State University Hospital. The body of a person who was missing for at least five hours after the fire was discovered at about 9:15 a.m. The exact cause of the explosion and blaze are under investigation, knowing there were a lot of chemicals in the building.
The other four buildings on the paint plant’s campus were empty at the time of the explosion and fire. The facility is in an industrial area. local businesses nearby had been closed for the evening and no residential evacuations were necessary. The company had a history of workplace safety violations, including violations with the potential to cause death, according to federal workplace investigation. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blast.