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UPDATE: 5 Hurt, 400 Evacuated After Plymouth Plant Fire

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UPDATE: PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) - Officials along the Washington-Oregon border say a large explosion that rocked a natural gas processing plant injured five workers, caused about 400 people to leave nearby farms and homes, and sent up a black cloud visible for more than a mile.

The Monday morning blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near the Washington town of Plymouth sparked a fire and punctured one of the facility's two giant storage tanks for liquefied natural gas.

Benton Fire District 1 Capt. Jeff Ripley says one worker with burn injuries was taken to a burn center while another four people were taken to local medical facilities.

By Monday night, the evacuation zone had been reduced from a 2-mile radius to a 1-mile radius. Road and river restrictions have been lifted.

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PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.
   
Benton County Sheriff Steven Keane says the fire from the 8:20 a.m. blast has been put out.
   
He says the explosion sent a mushroom-shaped cloud towering into the air, and shrapnel punctured a liquefied natural gas tank. Some gas leaked but did not ignite.
   
Deputies went door to door throughout Plymouth, along the Columbia River, and evacuated people in a 2-mile radius.
   
Buses were provided for those without cars, and a shelter was set up across the river in Oregon at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds. As part of the evacuation, Highway 14 and railroad tracks were shut down.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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