DECATUR, Ala. - One person was hurt Friday morning in a small explosion at a business in Decatur.
Decatur Police and Fire responded to Chem Trade Logistics, located at 1008 Cedar Lake Road. Officials on the scene say they received a report of an injury about 11 a.m. One male was seriously hurt when a vapor ignited in a 'flash fire,' officials said.
Witnesses said the blast could be heard for miles.
"I was in the kitchen, washing the dishes and cooking and I heard a loud explosion," said Angela Anderson.
Anderson works at the Marathon gas station located just down the street from the facility. She said a 911 operator called her to let the station know that a Med-Flight helicopter would be landing in the empty lot next to it.
The victim was loaded into it and flown to Birmingham for treatment for critical burn injuries, officials said.
A representative at the corporate headquarters for Chem Trade Logistics told WHNT News 19's Chris Davis that the company does not yet have an update on the man's conditions, but said his well-being is their first concern.
Anderson said she doesn't know who the victim is, but that she does know several employees at the plant.
"The guys that work there are very nice," she said. "They come in all the time. We were just hoping they were okay."
Chem Trade creates the chemicals used by municipalities in water treatment plants. No hazardous materials leaked, officials said. They also said they will conduct a full investigation into the incident. The facility remained open on Friday.
We will keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.