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Raging fire under control at Mont Belvieu petrochemical plant



A blaze that broke out Friday night at an industrial plant in Mont Belvieu is under control, authorities said. 

Fire trucks and first responders rushed to the Enterprise Products facility on FM 1942 as smoke filled the air and flames poured out of the Chambers County plant. 

“It is fully contained and not a hazard at this time,” Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said just after 8 p.m. “The fire is getting smaller and we do not see it as being a bigger threat than what it is.”

Authorities shuttered FM 1942 in Chambers County as crews responded. It wasn’t immediately clear which facility had caught fire, as a number of chemical and petrochemical plants are in the area, Hawthorne said. 

“It’s not a chemical fire, it’s a petrochemical fire,” Hawthorne said. “That’s a good thing – it’s easier to fight.”

A person working at the ExxonMobile building in Baytown said he first noticed the flames from the seventh floor around 7:15 p.m.

He estimated the plant is about 7 miles north of where he works.

Rick Rainey, a spokesperson for Enterprise, said there were no reports of injuries at the plant, and the company had contained the fire to a small part of its roughly 400-acre site within about an hour.

The company has not yet determined what caused the fire.

A fire also burned at Enterprise Products’ natural gas plant  in Mont Belvieu in 2011 after a pipeline exploded. The explosion happened at the company’s west storage facility. 

 



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