Surveillance camera captures tower collapse at BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals facility
Originally reported on Fox4Beaumont.com:
A surveillance camera installed at a nearby business captured a tense moment when a tower crumbled during a fire incident at BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals facility in Port Arthur. The fire initiated at approximately 10:45 a.m. in the plant's pyrolysis gasoline unit, prompting an immediate response from emergency personnel. Around 11:45 a.m., the pyrolysis tower collapsed, leading to the evacuation of non-essential personnel by roughly 12:30 p.m., as a safety measure.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, and all employees were successfully accounted for. The Port Arthur Fire Department provided support with a ladder truck that extended up to 100 feet. While BASF investigates the fire's cause, a nearby business, A.M.F. Materials and Services, temporarily suspended operations.