Death toll rises to two in Spanish chemical plant blast
Firefighters have found the body of a second victim following a massive explosion and fire at a chemical factory in northeastern Spain, they said on Jan. 15.
The explosion in Tarragona a day earlier left another eight injured, rescue officials said, and the fire continued to burn on Jan. 15.
While the blaze has been brought under control, local authorities said on Twitter they had yet to identify the second victim: "There is structural risk in the area and work is being done to stabilize the area and safely reach the victim."
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's office said he was in touch with Catalan authorities and that Madrid was ready to "provide the necessary support due to this serious event, which has caused several injuries and substantial material damage."
The plant is operated by petrochemicals firm Industrias Quimicas del Oxido de Etileno (IQOXE), a producer of ethylene oxide, a highly flammable gas used to make, among other things, ethylene glycol used in computers and vehicles.
An employee of IQOXE, which is owned by Spain's CL Grupo Industrial SA, declined to comment when contacted by phone on Jan. 15.
The civil defense agency, which initially advised people nearby to stay indoors as a precaution, said air quality tests carried out on Jan. 15 had not shown any risk.