Workers Injured in Chemical Plant Fire

(Memphis) An explosion at a chemical plant rocked a North Memphis neighborhood early Monday morning.

Two people were seriously hurt in the blast at the Penn A Kemp Plant on Chelsea.

People as far as Cordova reported hearing and feeling the explosion.

Firefighters say the employees suffered burns over 80 to 90% of their bodies.

Fire officials say workers were transferring chemicals, used to make pharmaceuticals, from one container to another when the explosion happened.

Ten other plant workers in the same area were not hurt in the fire.

Firefighters blocked off the area to traffic, but never evacuated any homes surrounding the plant.

Once they arrived on the scene they determined the chemicals involved did not pose a health risk to the public.

One man who lives about a half mile away from plant was rattled by the jolt and thought it was an earthquake.

” It sounded like a tractor-trailer hit a train or something. It was a bad feeling. It made me jump up,” said Ricky Davis.

Davis soon realized something had exploded at the plant.

Neighbors say there are a number of chemical plants nearby that make them nervous and they don’t think they should be so close to homes, parks and schools.

So far the Penn A Kem has not commented on the accident.


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