Worker at Texas chemical plant damaged by fire files lawsuit

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A growing number of lawsuits are springing from the ashes at a Houston-area chemical plant that caught fire this week killing a worker .

Two plant employees filed separate state suits Wednesday against KMCO LLC, claiming the company failed to maintain a safe work environment or give them proper training ahead of the Tuesday fire in Crosby.

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Harris County, where the plant is located, also sued the company Wednesday under state environmental laws.

Randy Villaloboz and Arturo Martinez are each seeking more than $1 million in damages. The county asked for unspecified civil penalties.

KMCO said Thursday that two workers remain hospitalized in critical condition after the fire. Authorities haven't released its cause .

The company said it's focused on caring for workers and protecting the environment and will address legal claims at the "proper" time and place.