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One Killed, Eight Injured From Explosion At Columbus Paint Factory

Columbus Fire Fighters on the scene of an explosion at the Yenkin-Majestic-Paint factory on Leonard Avenue on Thursday, April 8.
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Columbus Fire Fighters on the scene of an explosion at the Yenkin-Majestic-Paint factory on Leonard Avenue on Thursday, April 8.

One person has been killed and eight others injured from an overnight explosion at a northeast Columbus paint factory.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin says firefighters were greeted by several injured people leaving the Yenkin-Majestic Paint facility on Leonard Avenue when first responders arrived just after midnight Thursday.

Martin says five of the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. Crews had to extricate two trapped people while they also put out the flames.

Martin said that 44-year-old Wendell Light, an employee at the factory, was found dead in the rubble of the collapsed building.

The exact cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.