Two workers were injured after a flash fire Monday night at
Chevron Phillips Chemical's plant in Port Arthur, Texas.
The company has not yet identified the cause of the fire, but
said that a team of emergency response professionals had
secured the facility and were beginning to assess damages.
All employees have been accounted for, including two who were
injured. Chevron officials did not comment on the condition
of those injured.
"We regret very deeply that this event has occurred. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families.
We ask for your patience as we manage the response to the
incident," said Margie Conway, plant manager for Chevron
Phillips Chemical. "We will communicate additional
information when it can be confirmed."
Local police authorities said a medical worker transported
one of the injured two Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Chevron Phillips said the fire, which began around 8 p.m.
local time Monday night and was extinguished by 7 a.m. on
Tuesday, did not pose a danger to any area residents.
The Port Arthur plant produces chemicals including ethylene
(800,000 tpy), propylene (500,000 tpy), toluene and
cyclohexane, according to news reports.