The Houston Chronicle reports that one employee was flown to a hospital after the incident Saturday morning in La Porte, 25 miles southeast of Houston. Another worker was missing.
The newspaper says crews found a body after searching for about 12 hours, but couldn’t confirm the victim’s identity Saturday night.
The explosion happened at the Air Liquide plant. The company’s website describes itself as “the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment.”
A spokeswoman says the facility houses a mix of industrial gases such as nitrogen and hydrogen that are used in the processing of food, beverages and electronics.
Authorities say air monitoring shows no dangerous substances.
On Saturday, February 9, shortly before 8am, a fire occurred at Air Liquide’s Specialty Gas facility in LaPorte, Texas. Sadly, Air Liquide can now confirm that the employee who had initially been identified as missing has been found. His body was located at the scene shortly before 7:30pm. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the employee’s family. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, Air Liquide will not release the name of the deceased employee. Air Liquide counselors are in contact with the employee’s family and co-workers.
A second employee who was taken to UTMB remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Air Liquide personnel responded immediately to the scene at the time of the incident and remain on scene. We continue to work collaboratively with the emergency personnel and local authorities at the site.