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JACKSONVILLE (CBSDFW/AP) – Investigators say nobody has been hurt in an overnight fire and explosions at a paint-related industrial plant in East Texas.
Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire early Wednesday at Century Industrial Coating- a paint manufacturing plant Off Highway 69 near Jacksonville. Officials say the fire was brought under control by about dawn.
Jacksonville Fire Department Chief Keith Fortner says several explosions happened as the fire produced flames visible throughout the city that caused temporary evacuations and closed off the highway.
Fire crews from Tyler, Bullard, Rusk, Palestine, Gallatin, and Jacksonville all responded to the scene.
Hazardous materials crews were helping with cleanup at the company, which manufactures paint and coatings. Law officers were rerouting traffic in the area.
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