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Victim named after deadly chemical explosion, residents allowed to return to homes

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Officials released the name of the victim who was killed in a chemical explosion at a storage facility.

Residents who were evacuated from the immediate area around the blast were also allowed to return to their homes Thursday morning.

According to the City of Bainbridge, Christopher Coker, 35, was killed in the explosion at Liquid Transfer Terminals in Bainbridge.

The explosion happened around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday when a one million gallon tank of sodium hydrosulfide ignited.

Evacuation orders were issued for everyone within a half mile radius of the facility.

The Salvation Army helped those displaced from their homes by providing rooms at an area motel and food.

Officials reported that four firefighters received medical treatment and were released after the explosion.

Smoke from the fire was seen from 15 miles away.

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