On Monday, October 3, 2011, a catastrophic fire broke out at the MagnaBlend chemical plant in Waxahachie, Texas. The fire was a result of excessive steam produced by a wastewater treatment product in combination with a nearby spark.
While no one was injured on site from the fire, those living in areas near the plant have been adversely affected. The most common claims in relation to the MagnaBlend chemical plant fire include smoke inhalation injuries and displacement claims.
Symptoms of Smoke Inhalation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitored the air shortly after the fire and determined that there were no immediate health hazards regarding poisonous chemicals in the air; however, that does not mean that smoke-inhalation injuries were not possible.
Symptoms of smoke inhalation include:
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in skin coloration
- Passing out
- Thermal damage
- Pulmonary irritation
Smoke inhalation symptoms may not always appear immediately. Smoke inhalation damage can occur any time there is extended exposure to smoke. Injuries can occur with as little as a few minutes of exposure.
If you are a resident of Waxahachie, Texas that was forced to leave your home, even for a short amount of time, due to the MagnaBlend chemical fire, you may have a displacement claim.
Being forced to evacuate your home is not only inconvenient, but it could result in lost wages. If you were forced from your home, don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys to explore your legal options.