At least one person was uninjured and eight others were injured early Thursday after two major explosions and warning fires at a paint factory in Columbus, Ohio, according to reports.
Authorities said the fires were evacuating the area and sending scrambled firefighters to keep the flames under control, officials said.
The injured included five who were taken to hospital after fleeing the building on their own, the Columbus Fire Brigade said in a statement.
However, there were 2 people trapped in the building and had to be rescued. Officials said.
“Search and rescue efforts are continuing, as are firefighting efforts at the moment,”; the statement added.
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There was a fire report at the factory. Yenkin-Majestic Paints, operated by Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp.
Fire Chief Steve Martin said a hazmat crew was at the scene as the facility housed hazardous materials, Columbus’s WBNS-TV reported. He added that the evacuation was underway in nearby business.
Villagers in the area posted on Twitter said they could feel the sound of the explosion in the house.
“There was enough power to rock my whole house,” wrote one resident.
“Something exploded in Columbus,” another replied.
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“It’s all over town, I think,” another wrote. “I was in the center of Columbus, by the fairground, we heard a sound like a“ muffled ”bomb, and the whole house shook, the windows shook, all the neighbors came out of our doghouse, running upstairs to see. What happened, etc. “
Photos taken by the residents show large clouds of smoke rising into the sky.
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The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.