Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Williams Hart
Three workers were injured and several homes were damaged after a plant explosion occurred in Port Neches, Texas during the early hours of Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
According to initial reports, a blast occurred just after 1 a.m. at the TPC Group refinery, and it ignited the blaze, which moved rapidly throughout the plant. The fire was still raging in the afternoon, with an explosion heard at about 2 p.m. The explosion blew out windows on homes several miles away.
Neighbors within a half-mile of the plant were evacuated following the initial explosion, but after the afternoon explosion, the entire populations of Port Neches and the neighboring city of Groves were ordered to evacuate.
Three workers at the site were injured. One of them was airlifted to Houston with serious burns while the second worker was treated for a broken arm and the third had unspecified injuries.
All three injured workers had been treated and released.
The accident still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear about the explosion in Port Neches. Alas, this is not the first time that an industrial fire accident occurred. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.
Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.
Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.
Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.
Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.
Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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