Small fire ignites at BP plant in Texas City


The incident happened around 5pm Friday. Bruce Clawson with the Texas City Office of Emergency Management said it was a small flange, where two pipes connect, that is on fire.

Clawson said there was a small leak at the plant, but not a danger to the community.

A BP spokesperson says a compressor tripped on a unit during heavy storms there with lightning. As a result of the compressor trip, BP says unit operations initiated a shut down of the unit and a fire broke out.

There were no injuries associated with the incident. BP dispatched a contract company with mobile environmental monitors into the community; those monitors have registered no abnormal readings.

There is no estimate on when the hydrocracker will restart.

BP says the BP Fire Department is on the scene to prevent re-ignition.

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