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“Major industrial accident,” fire at ExxonMobil refinery near Houston

What authorities are calling a “major industrial accident” led to a huge fire early Thursday at an ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, Texas, near Houston.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that “initial reports indicated some type of explosion occurred inside the plant.”

His office tweeted that there were some injuries.

Flames are seen from a distance at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, Texas early on December 23, 2021. / Credit: @ironick_

ExxonMobil said in a statement that its “fire teams are working to extinguish the fire” and it was trying to account for everyone who might have been on-scene at the time.

“Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community,” the statement said, adding that, “As a precaution, we are beginning to conduct air quality monitoring at the site and fence line” and it was “cooperating with regulatory agencies.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for further developments.

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