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PNG ISD assessing damage after Port Neches plant explosion

Three schools are close to the blast site

PORT NECHES, Texas — Port Neches-Groves ISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Gonzales says maintenance staff are currently assessing damage at school following a plant explosion Wednesday morning. 

Dr. Gonzales says crews have seen minor damage at the high school, but there are three schools close to the blast site. 

Students are not in school this week because of the Thanksgiving break. Dr. Gonzales says most of the damage they have seen can be fixed before students return to school on Monday. 

Some of the damage on social media shows windows blown out of the high school. You can also see the front door to the school knocked off its hinges. 

The exact damage to other schools is still unknown. 

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At least three people were hurt, but no one was killed when a massive explosion rocked the TPC Group Plant in Port Neches early Wednesday morning.

One person has been transported by helicopter to a Houston hospital with burns.

Officials at the TPC Group say all of their employees are accounted for.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Nederland. 

The TPC Group has released a statement…

“At approximately 1:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 27 an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur, Port Neches, TX 7561 involving a processing unit. TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman.

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