Plant and refinery fires can be a threat to their surrounding cities, not just the workers on site. As a result to our fast growing society, industrial plants are everywhere in our country; therefore creating greater risks for injuries and illnesses. Another plant fire just occurred today at Texas City BP plant in their Resid Hydrotreating Unit (RHU) at 1:30 this afternoon. Fortunately the fire was complete put out come 3 o’clock and there were no reported injuries from the incident.
What is interesting about plant fires is not only the immediate affects that happen, such as employee injuries and deaths, it is also the long term affects that can cause even more damage. News reports shared that the smoke covered their city for miles, thick and black. As the fire was put out the smoke covering began to disappear, though there is still a great concern for the possible damages on the surrounding community in the long run says Texas City Homeland Security Coordinator Bruce Clawson.
Clawson and his team are currently monitoring the situation, and though the fire is now out, they remain uncertain as to how bad this fire will actually impact the city. Possible negative effects this fire could have is depending on what was released into the environment. Refinery plants are known for their usage of different chemicals, and when there is a large cloud coverage over a city like in this case, the concern is more so regarding the long term effects it will have on the people.
If you or someone you know has been injured recently in a plant or refinery accident, contact a personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today for the representation you deserve. No person should have to be exposed to chemicals when in the safety of their home, and yet chemical fires and explosions have the power to affect entire cities. If you are a victim of a similar situation, call us today to discuss your case!