Mass fire breaks out after explosion at Texas Exxon Mobil oil refinery

A fire broke out on Wednesday at an oil refinery in Texas Exxon Mobil, injuring at least 37 people, some with minor burns, while ominous black plumes of smoke rose into the air.

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The massive fire broke out at 11.07 am after an explosion at the Exxon Mobil Baytown Olefins plant, about 25 miles outside of Houston.

The fire broke out in an area containing polypropylene material, causing the facility to issue a precautionary warning to residents at 11.17 am, warning the locals to stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed, and turn off air conditioning.

Thirty-seven people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including first-degree burns, plant manager Jason Duncan told KHOU11.

Video footage of the terrifying fire shows bright orange flames rising from a large metal stack of several storeys high and wavy black smoke.

The cause of the explosion is unknown.

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at an oil refinery in Texas Exxon Mobil, injuring at least 37 people, some with minor burns, while ominous black plumes of smoke rose into the air

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On Wednesday, a fire broke out at an oil refinery in Texas Exxon Mobil, injuring at least 37 people, some with minor burns, while ominous black plumes of smoke rose into the air

The massive fire broke out at 11.07 am after an explosion at an Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown, about 25 miles outside of Houston

The massive fire broke out at 11.07 am after an explosion at an Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown, about 25 miles outside of Houston

The massive fire broke out at 11.07 am after an explosion at an Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown, about 25 miles outside of Houston

Thirty-seven people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including first-degree burns, plant manager Jason Duncan said

Thirty-seven people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including first-degree burns, plant manager Jason Duncan said

Thirty-seven people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including first-degree burns, plant manager Jason Duncan said

Crews were depicted on the scene closing the affected units and trying to isolate the source of the fire. The cause of the explosion is not yet known

Crews were depicted on the scene closing the affected units and trying to isolate the source of the fire. The cause of the explosion is not yet known

Crews were depicted on the scene closing the affected units and trying to isolate the source of the fire. The cause of the explosion is not yet known

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Crews were depicted on the scene closing the affected units and trying to isolate the source of the fire.

Some residents reported that their houses and windows were shaking during the loud first explosion.

& # 39; Exxon Mobil Baytown is struggling with a fire in its facility. The city added that Exxon has advised residents in the neighborhood to & # 39; from an abundance of caution & # 39; To shelter, the city of Baytown announced on Twitter after the fire.

Exxon also tweeted about the fire and said: “Our fire team is working on extinguishing the fire,” adding that the company monitored the safety of its employees and the community.

Exxon also tweeted about the fire and said: “Our fire team is working on extinguishing the fire,” adding that the company monitored the safety of its employees and the community. First, they reported that six people were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. That number later increased to 37
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Exxon also tweeted about the fire and said: “Our fire team is working on extinguishing the fire,” adding that the company monitored the safety of its employees and the community. First, they reported that six people were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. That number later increased to 37

Exxon also tweeted about the fire and said: “Our fire team is working on extinguishing the fire,” adding that the company monitored the safety of its employees and the community. First, they reported that six people were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. That number later increased to 37

Exxon Mobil, based in Texas, said the fire broke out at its Olefins plant, which produces ethylene – a chemical used to make plastic and industrial products that is extremely flammable.

According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Olefins plant injected 68 tons of ethylene into the site in 2017, as well as other potentially hazardous chemicals such as ammunition, benzene and propylene, according to ABC.

The Baytown complex of 3400 hectares was founded 100 years ago in 1919 and includes a refinery of 561,000 tons per day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Officials say the product was lost in the boom and fire.

Exxon Mobil, based in Texas, said the fire broke out at its Olefins plant, which produces ethylene - a chemical used to make plastic and industrial products that is extremely flammable

Exxon Mobil, based in Texas, said the fire broke out at its Olefins plant, which produces ethylene - a chemical used to make plastic and industrial products that is extremely flammable

Exxon Mobil, based in Texas, said the fire broke out at its Olefins plant, which produces ethylene – a chemical used to make plastic and industrial products that is extremely flammable

Evacuated Exxon Mobil workers pictured at the entrance to the Baytown Olefins plant on Wednesday after the fire

Evacuated Exxon Mobil workers pictured at the entrance to the Baytown Olefins plant on Wednesday after the fire

Evacuated Exxon Mobil workers pictured at the entrance to the Baytown Olefins plant on Wednesday after the fire

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Exxon Mobil said Wednesday that it monitored the air quality on the site.

& # 39; Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the community, & # 39; said the company.

The & # 39; place in place & # 39; warning was placed in the town of Baytown and the Sheldon School District asked students and school administrators to enter and organize any practice, rehearsal or other school activity there.

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