Rescuers and responders fight, Wednesday, January 15, to secure the site of a chemical plant in northeastern Spain in which two people were killed and eight people were injured when an explosion ripped through the facility, triggering a massive blaze which raged through the night.
READ MORE: The cause of the blast at the IQOXE facility — which specializes in the production of ethylene oxide, glycol and propylene oxide — was not immediately known. Rescuers found a body at a chemical plant in northeastern Spain Wednesday, raising to two the number of those killed when an explosion ripped through the facility, triggering a massive blaze which raged through the night.
Catalan regional interior minister Miquel Buch confirmed the latest death, saying a body had been located under the rubble at the site on an industrial estate in La Canonja, just outside the northeastern port city of Tarragona.
Spain's civil protection authority identified the victim as "an employee at the plant" reported missing Tuesday.
Hundreds of firefighters battled through the night to try and contain the blaze which erupted just before 7:00 pm Tuesday.
Dramatic footage of the moment of the explosion showed a huge fireball lighting up the horizon, causing the ground to shake.
One person died when a sheet of metal flung into the air by the force of the blast crashed into a house several kilometers away in the Tarragona suburbs, the Catalan government said.
Two others at the site were rushed to hospital with severe burns, rescuers and local officials said, while one person sustained less serious burns and five others were lightly injured. (AFP)