More Than 30 Injured in Texas Refinery Plant Explosion
Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California
The city of Baytown says that Irving-based Exxon Mobil has requested some nearby residents shelter in place as a precaution.
More than 30 people were injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at refinery plant fire near Houston, officials said.
The fire, which is burning polypropylene materials, started Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Baytown Olefins plant, located about 25 miles east of Houston.
The city of Baytown says the fire is in an area that contains polypropylene material and that Irving-based Exxon Mobil has requested some nearby residents shelter in place as a precaution. Baytown city officials said three people suffered injuries and drove themselves to a hospital, according to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC.
Exxon Mobil issued the following written statement about the fire:
“A fire has occurred at the Baytown Olefins Plant. Our fire teams are working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community. As a precaution, our Industrial Hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and fence line. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We deeply regret any disruption or inconvenience that this incident may have caused the community.”
The area has seen large fires this year involving other petrochemical companies, too.
In April, one worker died after a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire in Crosby. And in March, a fire burned for days at a petrochemical storage facility in nearby Deer Park.
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