Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
The third victim, a man who had suffered severe burns, died in a Barcelona hospital nearly 24 hours after the blast, Spanish private news agency Europa Press reported.
Residents added they saw "a ball of fire" across the sky after the accident at the Quimicas del Oxido de Etileno (IQOXE) chemical plant in Tarragona. With one person reported dead, the plant is being searched for survivors.
The service advised residents in parts of the city of 800,000 and in nearby towns to close their windows and to refrain from going outside as preventive measures. The seven people injured all worked there, officials said.
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A spokesman for IQOXE, owned by Spain's CL Grupo Industrial, said the company had opened an internal investigation into the explosion.
Firefighters moved in to put out the blaze, which was said to have begun in an ethylene oxide tank, and to "cool down the adjacent tanks".
The cause of the blast last night at the IQOXE facility - which specialises in the production of ethylene oxide, glycol and propylene oxide - is not immediately known. A piece flying metal from the factory 3km away struck a man's apartment, killing him.
The blast in the port city of Tarragona sent a column of black smoke into the sky and prompted local authorities to warn people in surrounding areas to stay inside as a precaution.
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La Vanguardia newspaper said on its website that the person died after a building collapsed as a outcome of the shockwave generated by the explosion on Tuesday while others have been injured.
"My sons called me".
Since 2015, the city has housed a 1200-hectare "chemical hub, " ChemMed, that was described as the largest of its kind in southern Europe.
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