Inferno breaks out at Texas Exxon Mobil oil refinery in ‘major industrial accident’ leaving at least four injured after explosion that rocked houses miles away

  • Explosion and large fire reported at Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Baytown, Texas at around 1am today
  • Huge flames and clouds of smoke seen coming from the facility as residents in nearby Houston reported ‘large boom’ that shook houses and walls
  • Police reported four people have been injured at scene but no order to evacuate the site or shelter-in-place 
  • The 3,400-acre complex, started in 1919, suffered a large fire in 2019 which left at least 37 people injured

Emergency medical workers were on the scene of a “major industrial accident” at an Exxon Mobil plant in Texas where at least four people were injured on Thursday morning, the authorities said.

A fire broke out around 1 a.m. local time at a refinery in Baytown, an area about 25 miles east of Houston, Exxon Mobil said in a statement on Twitter.

“At this time, emergency vehicles and smoke may be noticeable to the community,” the company said, adding that it was working closely with local officials to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Four people were injured, the company said. Three were taken by Life Flight, an air ambulance service, and one by ambulance, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, said on Twitter.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, a spokeswoman from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said by phone early Thursday. She said no fatalities were reported.

The Exxon Mobil complex in Baytown was founded in 1919 and sits on approximately 3,400 acres along the Houston Ship Channel, according to its website.

It is the second-largest refinery in the United States with nearly 2,200 employees. The facility produces nearly 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day.


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