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Explosion reported at Caldwell County finishing plant

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The May 2011 fire occurred over Memorial Day Weekend. The cause was never known. The May 2011 fire occurred over Memorial Day Weekend. The cause was never known.

HUDSON, NC (WBTV) - At least person was injured in a furniture finishing plant explosion Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported just before 3 p.m. at the RPM Chemical Coatings plant on U.S. 321 in Hudson, according to emergency officials.

One person was injured and taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, officials said.

Last May, a fire heavily damaged a storage building at the plant. The cause of the fire was left undetermined as no one was at the plant at the time of the fire.

The N.C. Highway Patrol had to temporarily shutdown the highway around the plant due to the fire.

Hudson Fire Chief Tommy Courtner said the fire happened at 2:29 p.m. and firefighters had it under control in about 30 minutes.

The fire started when a worker was mixing chemicals in the paint and coating tank when there was a flash.

All 250 people working in the plant were evacuated as a precaution, Courtner said.

The N.C. Department of Labor said it will investigate the cause of the accident.

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