COLUMBUS, Ohio — One person was killed andeight people were injured Thursday after an explosion started a fire at a paint factory.
The two-alarm fire started around midnight at Majestic Paints on the city’s Near East Side and involved at least one explosion. The paint company that had a history of workplace safety violations, including violations with the potential to cause death, according to federal workplace investigation.
Around 40 employees were believed to be in the building at the time the fire started. Fire officials said many employees were able to evacuate on their own, however, two had to be rescued by fire crews. In total, seven people were taken to area hospitals. All of them are now considered stable.
Battalion Chief Steve Martin said fire crews were able to locate one employee who been unaccounted for as the fire continued to burn.
The company’s press room supervisor Wendell Light, 44, was found around 9:15 a.m. and was partially covered in rubble inside the collapsed building. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were additional explosions as the fire burned, Martin said, including at least one other building on the Majestic Paints campus that is within 100 feet of the primary building that was on fire.