West Virginians in a two-mile radius of a chemical plant in Belle were told to shelter in place after a fire and explosion Tuesday night, officials said.
The explosion occurred at the Chemours plant just after 10 p.m., the Kanawha County Commission said. The company that owns the plant later said the fire at the site was under control.
Two people were hurt but details of the injuries were not being released late Tuesday, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper told NBC affiliate WSAZ of Huntington.
“There was a fire at one of the tenant companies at our site in Belle, West Virginia. Site responders worked to contain the fire,” Chemours said in an email. It directed questions to another company that did not immediately return a voice message.
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