Columbus authorities investigating studies of an explosion

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According to Columbus Fire officials, two people went to the hospital in critical condition.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One person goes missing and eight other people are injured after an explosion and fire at a manufacturing facility in northeast Columbus, according to the Columbus Division of Fire.

Chief Steve Martin told 10TV that the explosion occurred around 12:05 p.m. at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant on Leonard Avenue and started a fire.

We got closer to the explosion area. Here, where the smoke is, firefighters tell us that the explosion took place at that paint shop in northeast Columbus. 7 people taken to the hospital. One person is still missing. # 10tv @ 10tv #wakeupcbus #Explosion pic.twitter.com/BkfqZQIXSD

– Tino Ramos (@ Tino10TV) April 8, 2021

A number of victims in the building escaped alone and were taken to local hospitals. However, two people were trapped and had to be rescued by emergency services. These two victims went to the hospital in critical condition, but Martin says they are now stable.

The search for other potential victims is still ongoing as the crews are close to extinguishing the flames. Damage to the building caused by the explosion makes it difficult for crews to search the building.

#To update:: @ Tino10TV tells us that he learned that 8 people were injured, one person is still missing after that #Explosion at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints facility on Leonard Ave.
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Avoid the Leonard / 5th / Nelson area this morning. #WakeUpCbus # 10TV @ 10TV pic.twitter.com/biVQO3hcb2

– Molly Brewer (@MollyBrewerTV) April 8, 2021

According to Chief Martin, hazmat crews are on site as the facility contains hazardous materials and the EPA has been notified. Evacuations are being conducted in other nearby commercial buildings.

Authorities are unsure what caused the explosion.

10TV crews on site and will provide updates as they become available.