Explosion at Danlin Industries Corporation in Thomas

A chemical plant caught fire in western Oklahoma Thursday, sparking an explosion at the plant.

Thomas firefighters say the first explosion touched off around 10:00 PM Wednesday night at the Danlin Industries plant. Firefighters contained the flame and let the fire burn itself out.

Emergency crews evacuated several homes near the plant. Around 5:00 a.m., residents just south of the chemical plant were allowed to go back home. While residents to the north were allowed back in around 7:00 AM.

A Danlin Industries spokesperson says 75 employees work at this plant but there were no employees in the building at the time of the fire and explosion.

The Danlin Plant is a chemical plant housing flammable, corrosive, and toxic chemicals. Right now emergency crews say all the chemicals are contained.

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