At approximately 12:30 PM CST, a major fire was reported at
the Enterprise Products plant in Mount Bellvieu, Texas.
According to eyewitness reports, the intensity of the fire was
so great that trucks in adjacent parking lots were
melting. There are also unconfirmed reports of several
explosions being heard. Traffic on the highway in
front of the plant has been stopped by local authorities.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that one
person is missing as a result of the fire.
"We're trying to determine his whereabouts," Enterprise
spokesman Rick Rainey said.
Earlier, a local police dispatcher said that no injuries had
been reported and that the cause of the fire is under
At 3 PM CST, Exxon Mobil reported that its petrochemical complex in Baytown,
Texas, was experiencing limited impact from the
At 3:30 PM CST,
Houston CBS affiliate WHOU had pictures indicating smoke
from the fire was now appearing on weather radars.
At 4:30 PM CST, the
Houston Chronicle reported that the plant continues to
burn. Nothing that is burning is toxic, a company
Pipelines to the plant were shut down so no new flows come
into the facility. But the liquids in the pipe are continuing
According to Enterprise Products, the pipelines
werent near capacity so the fire wont burn as long
as it might have at full capacity.
There are no plans to try to extinguish the fire. Instead,
the plan is to focus on letting it burn and cooling the area
One nearby school has been evacuated. The main area of the
plant where most of the equipment was located has not been
affected by the explosion and blaze.
Enterprise Products Mount Belvieu location is a major
propylene fractionation plant. NGL processing and storage also
occurs at the facility. Stay tuned to Hydrocarbon Processing for further
Photo courtesy Fox News-Houston.