Deer Park Chemical Plant Fire Reignites

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June 7th, 2023

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On Saturday, May 6th, a fire reignited at a Shell petrochemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, after authorities thought they had extinguished the fire the day before. The first responders sent several workers to the hospital only as a precautionary measure; thankfully, no one suffered serious injuries.

First responders extinguishing the fire.

The fire started while undergoing routine maintenance at the chemical manufacturing plant. Gasoline, cracked heavy gas oil, and cracked light gas oil ignited into flames. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and Harris County Fire Department is investigating the matter. Testing revealed no harmful levels of chemicals in the air, and no threat to the nearby community.

Shell’s plant workers running to safety.

The fire continued to burn through Sunday, consuming a significant amount of wastewater storage. Authorities then directed the runoff to the channel as a controlled discharge. Water was added to the retention ponds knowing they would still need additional water supply after the fire was extinguished. Responders were able to contain the fire to one zone so that it was not a threat to any others.

Picture of Shell’s Deer Park Chemical Plant prior to fire.

Risk Logic engineers can evaluate fire and explosion hazards and help establish contingency plans. Annual property loss prevention inspections can help assess hazards like this chemical plant fire. We can provide recommendations to help minimize hazardous exposures. Risk Logic engineers can utilize NFPA and FM Global standards and extensive experience in property loss prevention to develop preventative property loss control programs that ensure adequate protection for your chemical manufacturing operations against damage.

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