DEFIANCE, Ohio — The Defiance City Fire Department confirmed an explosion injured at least one person at Glycerin Traders oil refinery in Defiance on Wednesday evening. 

The injured person was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. Their name was not released. 

In a Facebook post, the department encouraged the public to avoid travel near Columbus Avenue (currently closed), Ottawa Avenue, Greenler Street and Sauers Avenue.

The City of Defiance released the following statement:

"Defiance City Fire and Police units responded to a report of explosion at the Glycerin Traders Facility located at 815 Greenler Street in Defiance at 1557 on 3/20/24. Once on scene Defiance City Fire began to put out area grass fires and fires within the building. All plant personnel were accounted for once fire, law enforcement, and EMS from neighboring communities showed up and began to assist. At this time the scene is contained however the block surrounding the plant will remain closed for continued monitoring."

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