Four workers including one from Limestone County remained hospitalized Thursday from burns received in a chemical accident at the Solutia plant in Decatur.

Solutia officials said the four were accidentally sprayed with hexamethylenediamine, or HMD, a chemical used to make nylon fibers and plastic, during routine maintenance work about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The chemical is a colorless liquid that causes burns to the skin and eyes on contact and irritation to the lungs if inhaled. The system involved in the incident was shut down and secured, Solutia plant manager Phil Foster said.

The company identified the workers as Teddy L. Grissom, 48, of Hillsboro, Timothy M. Looney, 40, of Hartselle, and Trevor C. Owens, 33, of Athens, all Solutia employees. The fourth victim was Pellum A. Dumas, 52, of Courtland, a mechanical contractor with The Mundy Companies.

Owens is the nephew of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, who said Owens was taken to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Burn Center. Owens has burns on his arms, legs and face, officials said.

Grissom was listed in critical condition and Owens and Dumas were in stable condition Thursday. Looney was taken to the Vanderbilt University Regional Burn Center due to a lack of immediate bed space in Birmingham. Looney sustained life-threatening injuries, but was in stable condition Thursday morning, said John Howser, spokesman at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The chemical was not released into the surrounding community and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to investigate the spill, officials said.

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