Cameras capture deadly explosion at Columbus paint plant.
VIDEOKINGS — One person was killed and eight others injured Thursday after an explosion started a fire at a paint factory in Ohio’s capital city.
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 has had a history of workplace safety violations, including some with the potential to cause death, according to a federal workplace investigation.
Around 40 employees were believed to be in the building when the fire started. Fire officials said many employees were able to evacuate on their own, however, two had to be rescued by fire crews.
One of them had suffered extensive burns and was reported trapped between a railing and another object until a rescue crew could extricate and remove that person in a Stokes basket, according to fire radio traffic.
Eight people were taken to area hospitals. All of them are now considered stable.