December 5, 2022

BOTTOWN, Texas: Four people have been injured in an explosion and fire at an ExxonMobil refinery, officials say.

Early reports of an explosion inside the plant, said Harris County Sheriff et Gonzalez. Said in a tweet, Residents in the area also heard loud explosions.

According to ExxonMobil, a fire broke out at the oil refinery at around 2am, which did not immediately confirm the explosion or say what led to the fire.

Four people were injured, the sheriff’s office said Said, Three of them were airlifted by helicopter and one by ambulance.

Rohan Davis, manager of the ExxonMobil refinery, told reporters early Thursday morning that a fire had broken out at a petrol production unit and that emergency workers at the plant were working to put out the blaze just before sunrise.

Davis said the condition of the four injured was stable and he could not comment on the extent of their injuries.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and an investigation is underway, Davis said.

The company is coordinating with authorities and monitoring air quality with regulators, Davis said.

“All of those results so far have had no impact on the community from an air quality perspective,” Davis said.

The Bottown refinery began operations in 1920 and can process up to 584,000 barrels of crude oil per day. ExxonMobil Enterprise Site.
ExxonMobil operates a number of facilities, including a refinery and a chemical plant and technology center, on about 3,400 acres in and around Bedown. The Bedown area employs about 7,000 people Says.

The refinery in Boutown is about 25 miles east of Houston Downtown.