Breaking News: ExxonMobil Petrochemical Plant Explosion & Fire in Baytown, Texas Injures Workers
Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 12:48 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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Emergency crews are responding to a fire at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex at 3525 Decker Drive. Currently, a shelter-in-place has been issued for areas in Baytown west of the petrochemical and refinery complex and south of Spur 330. This facility lies on the east side of Houston in the heart of the Texas chemical industry.
Baytown Fire UPDATE from @JudgeHidalgo and @ReadyHarris.
“The @ExxonMobilBTA plant fire has been contained and air monitoring will continue until the fire is fully extinguished.”
👇Read the full statement below👇
.#Baytown #Exxon #HouNews pic.twitter.com/SXg0eKuVnK
— Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) July 31, 2019
“ExxonMobil reported that 66 employees/contractors have gone to the Houston Area Safety Council, for medical evaluation.”
A spokesperson for ExxonMobil stated that “37 people sustained non-life threatening injuries”.
Local news is reporting that workers employed on site did sustain burn injuries from the fire.
Live, local video images from television stations show flames shooting several stories into the sky from pipes inside the plant, and many residents reported that their house and windows shook from the initial explosion.
The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed. Initial reports indicate that the Chemical Plant processed polypropylene, a thermoplastic which are highly flammable and pose a serious risk to the health and safety of employees at the facility in the event of ignition.
#BREAKING Shelter-in-place just ordered because of this fire burning at the @exxonmobil plant in Baytown. The plants says the fire is in a unit that contains polypropylene material. The shelter area is west of the plant and South of 330. https://t.co/976h67fk4h pic.twitter.com/Es7ax5PZZO
— Brett Buffington (@BrettKHOU) July 31, 2019
The shelter-in-place has impacted several schools in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, according to the Houston Chronicle. Those schools include:
- San Jacinto Elementary
- Travis Elementary
- Baytown Junior High
- Robert E. Lee High School
- Goose Creek Service Center,
- Peter E. Hyland
- IMPACT ECHS
Families have been advised not to try to pick up their students.
The City of Baytown is issuing a precautionary order to Shelter in Place due to an emergency at ExxonMobil Baytown Area. Areas west of ExxonMobil should Shelter In Place. See the map below. Please RT. pic.twitter.com/WWXOg3RpNf
— City of Baytown, TX (@CityofBaytown) July 31, 2019
The City of Baytown has stated that the fire is in a unit that contains propylene, which is an extremely flammable gas. This material is easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames and can quickly lead to an explosion.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) July 31, 2019
When it comes to hazardous chemical exposure, propylene vapors can cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning. Such contact with this form of gas can also lead to burns and other severe injuries.
Exxon Mobil crews are battling the fire, according to the most recent reports, but the city’s fire department is on standby to assist, according to Natalie Barrett, the spokesperson for the city of Baytown.
ExxonMobil released the following statement about the fire:
A fire has occurred at the Baytown Olefins Plant. Our fire teams are working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community. As a precaution, our Industrial Hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and fence line. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We deeply regret any disruption or inconvenience that this incident may have caused the community.
According to the Houston Business Journal Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. is the “Third Largest Houston-area Petrochemical & Chemical Company” with net sales of $28.69 Billion USD.
Founded 100 years ago in 1919, the Baytown complex is one of the largest ethylene plants in the world, boasting nearly 584,000 barrels of crude oil produced a day. It is also the second ExxonMobil location at which an explosion has occurred in the Houston area within the last few months.
The energy production workforce is no stranger to deadly explosions, with more than two dozen oil refinery disasters occurring in the last 50 years. For more info about Refinery Plant Safety you can get more info from Energy API here , and OSHA.gov here .
Occupational injuries and fatalities in the Chemical and oil & gas production industry are typically caused by the following:
- Human error and or poorly trained staff
- Improperly maintained equipment
- Improperly stored end-products
- Improperly maintained complex facilities
We are carefully following this story along with everyone in the community, and we will continue providing updates as they become available. You can also follow this developing story online at the Houston Chronicle’s website, KHOU online, and others.
Williams Hart has a long history of representing individuals injured in plant explosions such as the ones in Geismar, LA and Texas City. In situations like these, it is best to turn to an experienced firm to help you understand all of your options. If you have been seriously burned or injured, our Chemical Plant Fire Attorneys are ready to help you in the aftermath of this Baytown ExxonMobil Chemical Fire and Explosion.
For additional information about about your legal representation options after a disaster like this please visit:
- HOUSTON EXPLOSION ACCIDENT LAWYERS
- HOUSTON PLANT & REFINERY ACCIDENT LAWYERS
- HOUSTON BURN INJURY LAWYERS
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