At least 12 contract workers are injured after a
Wednesday morning fire in the processing unit of ExxonMobil's
Beaumont refinery in Texas, local media sources reported.
The unit where the fire occurred was down for maintenance at the time of the
blaze, according to ExxonMobil refinery spokeswoman Kathleen
Six injured workers were taken to Beaumont hospitals with a
variety of injuries, Jackson said. The city's fire
department said three of the workers were critically
Medical helicopters were not used to transport the
burn victims because of poor weather, according to a report in
the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper.
Instead, the injured workers were taken by ambulances,
which were seen going in and out of refinery gates around 11:30 a.m.
local time, the report said.
ExxonMobil said all refinery employees have been accounted
"We sincerely regret this has happened and will conduct a
complete investigation to determine the cause of the
incident," company spokeswoman Rachael Moore said in a
statement, adding that the fire was successfully
The cause of the fire has yet to be disclosed. Residents near
the refinery reportedly did not
The ExxonMobil Beaumont site is one of the larger refineries in
the US, with a capacity of 344,500 bpd.
By Ben DuBose, Online