It is no secret that industrial plants are dangerous and unpredictable workspaces under most conditions. A chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas demonstrated the speed and spontaneity of those dangers on Monday night, as a flash blaze broke out that injured two plant workers.
Authorities are currently working on investigating the source of the fire as the workers are being treated for their injuries at local medical centers. Shortly after breaking out, the fire was declared under control by county authorities, who also stated that all workers, including the two injured, had been accounted for in the same news release.
The manager of the chemical plant, which is owned by Chevron Phillips, released a public apology for the incident to the workers of the plant, their families, and other local residents who are affected by such dangerous environmental events. The facility is no stranger to such fires, as a similar incident left eight employees in need of hospital treatment last year.
While information as to the instigating factors are yet to be determined, the local community is encouraged to contact the Southeast Texas Alerting Network or STAN line at 877-843-7826 for information and instructions concerning air quality, safety, and health matters.