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The Latest: Dead worker in Texas chemical fire identified

April 3, 2019

CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Houston area chemical plant that killed one worker and injured two others. (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Company officials have identified the worker killed in a fire at a Houston area chemical plant as James Earl Mangum.

KMCO says the two other workers who were injured during the Tuesday fire at the company’s facility in Crosby remain in critical condition. Their identities were not released.

The company says that all operations at the plant are suspended indefinitely and that the site is under control of Texas fire officials.

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12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says it will investigate a fire at a Houston area chemical plant that killed one worker and injured two others.

The Chemical Safety Board said Wednesday it will join other agencies probing the cause of Tuesday’s blaze at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The safety board, an independent federal agency that investigates industrial chemical incidents, is also probing the March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in nearby Deer Park .

Rachel Moreno, with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, says her agency’s investigators haven’t been able to enter the plant because of ongoing clean up and emergency operations.

Harris County officials say ongoing air monitoring shows no health risks to the area around the plant.

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