Sherwin-Williams plant in North Texas on fire after possible explosion; at least 1 person injured

Employee treated on scene

GARLAND, Texas – At least one person was injured in a likely explosion at a Sherwin-Williams plant in North Texas early Monday morning, according to ABC News.

The report states that the victim, an employee at the paint manufacturing plant, was treated on scene in Garland, northeast of Dallas. It is unclear exactly how the fire started.

A company spokesperson said the blast happened around 1:15 a.m. The explosion shot a series of fireballs that could be seen in the night sky.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in a few hours and the employee who was injured has been released from a hospital, Sherwin-Williams spokesperson Julie Young said via email. She said all employees have been accounted for.

Young said production has been suspended at the plant, which primarily makes industrial coatings and resins, but did not respond to a questions about what triggered the explosion.

Authorities had put out the flames before 5:30 a.m. but remained at the site mid-morning Monday to monitor hot spots and air quality, said Noah Cunningham, an investigator with the the Garland Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Garland Police Department also worked with fire crews at the plant fire, located in the 700 block of South Shiloh Road.

Multiple roadways in and around the location were closed as emergency crews worked on scene. Motorists were advised find alternate routes and expect heavy delays around the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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