Fire at Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Texas injures two workers

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.

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