Video: 1 killed, 8 injured in Ohio paint plant explosion

Two critically injured employees needed to be rescued from inside the facility

Nancy Dillon
New York Daily News

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An explosion and fire at an Ohio paint plant claimed the life of a 44-year-old supervisor who was found in the rubble of the collapsed building Thursday, fire officials said.

Eight others were injured in the blast and fire at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints facility in Columbus.

Victim Wendell Light was initially listed as missing after authorities got the call for the explosion shortly after midnight.

The press room supervisor was found deceased shortly after 9 a.m., Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said.

When responding firefighters first arrived on the scene, they were met by injured employees exiting the building, the department said in a Facebook post.


We are currently fighting a second alarm fire at Majestic Paints, 1920 Leonard Ave. First responding companies were met...

Posted by Columbus Division of Fire on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Two other employees were trapped inside the building and were in critical condition when they were rescued and rushed from the scene, the department said.

The fire was listed as contained by 5:15 am, but visible black smoke still rose into the sky as firefighters let some of the building’s materials burn off once the structure had been evacuated, officials said.


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At 12:05 a.m. Columbus Fire dispatchers received a report of an explosion at 1920 Leonard Ave at a paint manufacturing...

Posted by Columbus Division of Fire on Thursday, April 8, 2021


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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