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One killed, eight hurt after Ohio paint plant blast

There were about 40 employees and a lot of chemicals in the building at the time of the incident, officials said.
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One person was killed and eight people were hurt in an explosion and second-alarm 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, officials said.

While most of the employees came out of the building as firefighters arrived on the scene, authorities learned two were trapped, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.

They were eventually rescued and taken to Ohio State University Hospital with critical injuries, he said. Six others were stable.

Image: Yenkin Magestic Paint plant in Columbus Ohio
Firefighters respond to a second alarm fire at Yenkin Magestic Paint plant in Columbus, Ohio.Columbus Division of Fire

The body of a person who was missing for at least five hours after the fire was discovered at about 9:15 a.m., Martin told NBC News Thursday afternoon.

He was identified as Wendell Light, 44, a press room supervisor. Crews found his body partially covered in rubble, Martin said.

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.

The exact cause of the explosion and blaze are under investigation, but there were a lot of chemicals in the building, Martin said.