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Fire injures four at ExxonMobil refinery in Texas

04 January 2022

A fire at ExxonMobil’s refinery in Baytown, Texas injured four people on December 23. All four of the injured were contractors at the site, one of the largest refining and petrochemical facilities in the world located around 25 miles east of Houston.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The fire was first reported at around 01:00 local time and occurred in a hydrotreater unit. The refinery had been shut down the day before on December 22 so that a bypass line leak could be fixed, Reuters news agency reports. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

The fire was extinguished by firefighters after seven hours. Two of the injured were released from hospital after receiving treatment while the two other contractors were kept at hospital for several days but were reportedly in stable conditions.

At a news conference, Exxon told reporters that the fire had affected a hydrotreater unit that produces gasoline. The local police department and some locals said on social media that an explosion had been heard shortly before the fire broke out.

The Baytown refinery opened in 1919 and employs around 7,000 people. It has a capacity of 584,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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