Two people suffered injuries at the Chevron Phillips refinery in Port Arthur, TX, Monday after a fire broke out at 8 p.m.
Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton said two workers suffered injuries in what appeared to be a flash fire.
Traffic in the area ended up shut down at the intersection of Highway 87 and 82 so a medical helicopter could land. Blanton said emergency workers took one of the injured to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Company officials released a statement in which they confirmed that a “localized” fire happened, but said a cause had not yet been determined. They said they have accounted for all personnel.
Here is a statement from Chevron Phillips:
“Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) confirmed that a localized fire has occurred at its Port Arthur, Texas facility located at 2001 Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, Texas at approximately 8 p.m. (Monday) evening. The situation is under control and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
“The safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate is our top priority. We can confirm that all personnel are accounted for, with two individuals being treated for injuries. The plant manager has mobilized a team of trained emergency response professionals who are working to account for employees, secure the facility, and assess the damages. This emergency team is responding in conjunction with other emergency agencies as needed.
“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.