Two people were injured at the Chevron Phillips refinery in Port Arthur Monday after a fire broke out. A company official said that the fire was reported at about 8 p.m.
Chevron Phillips is at West Gulfway Drive, near Highway 82 in Port Arthur.
Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton confirmed to 12News that two workers suffered injuries in what appeared to be a flash fire. Traffic in the area was shut down at the intersection of Highway 87 and 82 so a medical helicopter could land. Chief Blanton said one of the injured was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Company officials released a statement in which they confirmed that a "localized" fire happened, but said a cause had not yet been determined. They said they have accounted for all personnel.
FULL STATEMENT FROM CHVRON PHILLIPS:
The safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate is our top priority. We can confirm that all personnel are accounted for, with two individuals being treated for injuries. The plant manager has mobilized a team of trained emergency response professionals who are working to account for employees, secure the facility, and assess the damages. This emergency team is responding in conjunction with other emergency agencies as needed.
"We regret very deeply that this event has occurred. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families. We ask for your patience as we manage the response to the incident," said Margie Conway, plant manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical. "We will communicate additional information when it can be confirmed."
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