On Saturday, February 9, shortly before 8am, a fire occurred at Air Liquide’s Specialty Gas facility in LaPorte, Texas,” the company statement says.

The statement continues, “Sadly, Air Liquide can now confirm that the employee who had initially been identified as missing has been found. His body was located at the scene shortly before 7.30pm (Texas time). Our thoughts and prayers remain with the employee’s family.”

“Out of respect for the family’s privacy, Air Liquide will not release the name of the deceased employee. Air Liquide counselors are in contact with the employee’s family and co-workers.”

“A second employee who was taken to UTMB remains hospitalised in critical condition.”

“The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Air Liquide personnel responded immediately to the scene at the time of the incident and remain on scene. We continue to work collaboratively with the emergency personnel and local authorities at the site.”