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Small Explosion, Fire At Mesquite Manufacturing Plant

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MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) - Two workers escaped a small explosion and fire without injuries around 7 a.m. Saturday morning at Fritz Industries in Mesquite.

A loud popping sound was heard and smoke was seen at the facility’s research and development lab on Executive Drive, according to a statement from company spokesman David Margulies.

A fire in one of the lab rooms was extinguished within 30 minutes, according to Capt. Jeff Miller of the Mesquite Fire Department.

The lab was not open at the time, however, two members of a cleaning crew were inside the building. Both made it safely out.

CBS 11 is told the damage to the plant was confined to the lab area of the manufacturing facility.

Miller said solvents were present in the lab, but exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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