Fire crews monitor Valdosta chemical plant blast

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VALDOSTA, Ga. - Authorities in south Georgia say fire crews were continuing to monitor the scene of a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex, injuring three people.

Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Childress reported three people were taken to the hospital with burn injuries from the blast. One was airlifted to UF Health-Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Their conditions were not immediately available, but no fatalities were reported.

Chief Childress told WALB-TV on Thursday morning that the fire was under control but not out. Everyone one mile south of the facility was evacuated from the area.
About three-fourths of the Perma-Fix Environmental Services plant  that recycles oil was destroyed, but the office next door is still intact.
Officials said several agencies are evaluating the safety of the area. They include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Georgia Environmental Protection Division; and the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director.
Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the Wednesday afternoon blaze. Police say the fire and explosions appeared to be coming from a facility that processes hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials.

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