Flames and smoke rise after a fire started at an Exxon Mobil facility, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Baytown, Texas.
Yi-Chin Lee | Houston Chronicle via AP
Exxon Mobil said it was fighting a fire that erupted on Wednesday at its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex, injuring 37 workers and sending nearby residents indoors.
More than three dozen people were treated for minor burns, none requiring hospitalization, said plant manager Jason Duncan in an afternoon media briefing. The company was still working to shut down the olefins unit which processes propane and propylene – a plastics building block – and isolate the fuel keeping the fire burning, he said.
Duncan declined to comment on the fire’s impact on production at Exxon’s adjacent 560,500 barrels-per-day oil refinery. Two people familiar with its operations, however, said Exxon reduced some production at the refinery, which provides feedstocks to the unit that caught fire.
The fire, which was being fought by the…