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Worker At Deadly Chemical Plant Fire In Texas Files Lawsuit

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A worker injured in a fire this week at a Harris County chemical plant is suing the company for more than $1 million in damages.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday is believed to be the first submitted on behalf of a worker injured in Tuesday's deadly fire at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

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Randy Villaloboz says in the suit he suffered severe injuries and mental anguish, and claims KMCO failed to properly train employees or maintain a safe work environment.

Villaloboz and another worker were injured in the fire. On April 3 officials identified the worker killed as James Earl Mangum.

Authorities have not released the cause of the blaze.

An email message sent to the company seeking a response was not immediately answered.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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