Chemical Plant Explosion Causes Hundreds to Evacuate in Columbus, Wisconsin
On Monday, May 11th, a chemical warehouse went up in flames, causing huge explosions and pouring massive plumes of smoke into the sky in Columbus, Wisconsin. At the moment, investigators are not sure what types of chemicals have burned, but they could cause injury.
Just after 8 p.m. emergency firefighter crews from all over Wisconsin were sent to Columbus to help battle the fire that lasted over a day and a half. At least three of the firefighters working on the blaze were injured and sent to the hospital. Flames from the chemical plant explosion reached as high as a ten-story building.
Since the fire engulfed many different types of chemicals that were being stored at the facility, nearly 150 people were evacuated from the area surrounding the chemical plant. The people evacuated from the area were told to go to a hospital if they began feeling nauseous, felt sensations in their noses or throats, or if their eyes began bothering them.
Chemical plant explosions are not very common, but when they occur they can put the lives of many different people in danger. While the cause of this chemical plant explosion is still undetermined, it could be the result of a worker’s negligence or other person that can be held liable for injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a chemical plant explosion or fire, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Please contact an experienced environmental litigation attorney near you to schedule your free initial consultation.