United States: Four injured in fire at ExxonMobil refinery in Texas

Four people were injured in a fire that occurred Thursday in an ExxonMobil refinery located in Texas, in the southern United States , described as “Major industrial accident” by local police.

“Officers are at the scene of a major industrial accident,” Harris County law enforcement tweeted in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, stating that the fire had occurred at the ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, a city near Houston.

“No fatalities n ‘was reported “

Three injured were evacuated by helicopter and the fourth taken to hospital by ambulance, police said,” no deaths were reported.

The ExxonMobil plant in Baytown tweeted that a “fire started” at the site around 1 a.m. (local time) on Thursday and that the company “is working with local authorities to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

” ExxonMobil emergency teams continue to work to extinguish this fire, ”said a spokeswoman for ExxonMobil, who clarified that the fire had affected installations containing gasoline components.

Measures in progress around the site

On-site teams “Continue to measure the air quality on the site and at the periphery”, continued the spokesperson. “The information available does not indicate a disturbance at this stage. ”

The refinery at Baytown began operating in 1920 and the chemical plant in 1940, according to ExxonMobil. The facilities include four manufacturing sites, which employ approximately 7. 000 people.

Texas, a state known for its fossil fuels, is a major producer of petroleum .