All personnel accounted for after fire erupts at building in La Porte, OEM says

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
All personnel accounted for in building fire, La Porte officials say
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Crews battled a fire at a building in the 1200 block of Miller Cut Off Road in La Porte. The address comes back to INEOS Oligomers.

LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) -- Firefighters were called to a fire early Wednesday morning in La Porte.

At 7:10 a.m., the roof of the building, located in the 1200 block of Miller Cut Off Road, was still burning, and clouds of smoke were visible north of SH-225. Thirty minutes later, the flames were out.

SkyEye was over the scene, where crews were working on the ground.

According to La Porte's Office of Emergency Management, the fire was contained to an office space.

All personal are accounted for, officials said, adding that drivers should expect heavy traffic and delays in the area.

A banner on the side of the building read INEOS Oligomers.

INEOS released a statement to ABC13 about the incident, explaining that the fire happened on the property but outside the main plant. No chemicals or hazardous materials were inside the modular office space, the company said.

"This was a structure fire outside the plant gates (on property but outside main plant itself). The modular office space was being prepared for removal from the facility and was NOT in use at the time. It did not contain any chemical or hazardous materials. Nobody inside and no injuries from the fire. No word on what may have sparked the fire. It is under control as firefighters continue to put water on it."

The website of for the La Porte location says the site "consists of two production trains used to manufacture polyalphaolefins (PAO), marketed under the Durasyn brand name for use as synthetic lubricants."

"The La Porte site services markets worldwide with shipments via railcar, truck, barge and ship," the webpage continued.

The fire comes as there have been at least two other recent incidents at plant facilities in our area.

Roughly two weeks ago, an explosion occurred at the Shell Deer Park facility at 5900 SH-225. In that incident, nine contractors were evaluated, and several residents in Deer Park told ABC13 they plan to file lawsuits.

That explosion sent thick, black smoke into the air at the time and reignited one day after the initial blast.

Then just days ago, a fire that erupted at Marathon Petroleum's Texas City refinery killed one employee.

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