Residents of nearly 150 homes near Columbus, Ohio were allowed to return to their houses after being evacuated. The evacuees were asked to leave their homes as a safety precaution after a fire broke out in a nearby chemical plant warehouse.

After hours of battling the flames, a few local firefighters were thrown back from an explosion and were taken to a local hospital. After the injured firefighters were taken away, the decision was made to allow the fire to burn itself out.

After the fire started, there were numerous explosions after the fire engulfed dangerous, flammable chemicals. While there were no employees on site, investigators are still looking into possible causes of the blaze. In 2005, the plant was cited and fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations in handling hazardous or flammable materials that could have increased the risk of workplace injury or dangerous fires.

Officials in the area have asked local residents to keep a watchful eye on their health because they are unsure of what effects the burning chemicals will have. Any residents suffering from itchy, watery eyes, sore throat, nausea, or any other discomforts should contact a doctor immediately.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries as a result of the chemical plant explosion, it’s important that you contact an experienced toxic tort attorney. A toxic tort lawsuit can be very complex and difficult to handle, so please schedule your free consultation with the Columbus, Ohio toxic tort lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A.