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April 27, 2013

Fire at Chevron Phillips sends eight to hospital

PORT ARTHUR — An early morning fire at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Port Arthur sent eight contract workers to two hospitals on Saturday.

Some of the injured were treated and released in the hours after the incident, Vickie DeReese, a Chevron Phillips spokesperson, said.

Company officials confirmed to media that a localized fire occurred at its Port Arthur facility Saturday at approximately 4 a.m. during a turnaround period, which resulted in several contractor employees being transported to the local hospital. The fire was quickly extinguished, and there was no impact to the community, according to a press release from Melanie Samuelson with Chevron Phillips corporate communication.

“The safety of our employees is our highest priority,” Margie Conway, plant manager at the Port Arthur facility, said in a press release. “We regret very much that this incident has occurred, and are thankful that most of the contractor employees were treated and released from the hospital.”

The company’s in-plant emergency response team responded to the incident.

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