Baytown Residents Shelter In Place
According to KXAN NBC news an ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, Texas is on fire today, Wednesday July 31st 2019. Baytown residents have been asked to shelter in place.
Of course we are always intersted in East Texas, as many of us have friends and family there. Their air is our air kinda too.
BAYTOWN, Texas (NBC News/ KXAN) — Tall flames and smoke are pouring out of an ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, Texas Wednesday, according to local media reports.
The City of Baytown first tweeted about the fire at 11 a.m. As of 11:35 a.m., a shelter-in-place has been issued for residents and businesses located west of the plant and south of the Texas 330 Spur. The city tweeted a map of the area under shelter-in-place notice.
The Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Houston.
The city said the fire is in the unit that contains polypropylene material.
The company announced on Twitter at 11:36 a.m. that they are conducting “personnel accounting.”
“Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the community,” they wrote. “As a precaution, our industrial hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and the fenceline, and we are cooperating with regulatory agencies.”
There was a fire at the same facility in March, according to a report from the NBC affiliate in Houston. Shelter-in-place and evacuations were not ordered during that response.
The area has seen similar large fires this year involving other petrochemical companies, too. In April, one worker died after a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire in Crosby. And in March, a fire burned for days at a petrochemical storage facility in nearby Deer Park.
This is a developing story.