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5 Feared Dead After Chemical Plant Explosion in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in southeast has left five people missing and feared dead, officials said Thursday.

Emergency officials said another two people were hospitalized in critical condition with severe burns after the blast, which was reported around 8.30 a.m. (0630GMT) in the town of Kocevje.

The Melamin factory has about 200 employees. Company head Srecko Stefanic said the five missing people are likely buried under the rubble.

Stefanic said any bodies will be pulled out once the site cools down, possibly on Friday. The missing people “probably perished because the explosion was so strong there was no chance they survived,” said Stefanic.

The two people in critical condition were transferred to a hospital in the capital Ljubljana. A total of 20 people sought some kind of medical assistance, authorities said.

Stefanic said the occurred during the transfer of a highly

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