United States / 07/28/2021 08:00:04
A leak of a chemical last night at a plant in La Porte, Texas, generated a large alert in which dhe people died after the event, company officials revealed, where an evacuation order was also issued by the authorities, who even asked the population to turn off the air conditioners.
The incident occurred around 7:35 p.m. local time and involved an acetic acid leak at the LyondellBasell facility at the La Porte Complex, Chevalier Gray, a company spokesman, said in a statement.
The situation led to the deployment of emergency teams from the city of La Porte and Channel Industries Mutual Aid, who arrived in the area minutes later.
Gray said that two people “Suffered fatal injuries” and four others had burns. Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen confirmed at least three more injuries during a news conference minutes later.
Christensen added that one seriously injured person was taken to a hospital and another was sent by ambulance. Five others received medical attention at the scene and dozens more were checked for symptoms such as difficulty breathing and swallowing and irritation or burns to the skin.
The company said it was working closely with emergency crews to confirm that no employees were missing.
“Sometimes faced with the terminology in these situations when a leak is recorded, you think about something that is spilled. A leak can also be that something exploded on top and the chemical poured out. So once we start the investigation we will be able to specifically detail that, “Christensen said.
Lina Hidalgo, the Harris County Judge, issued a statement via Twitter, which said that “I am heartbroken to hear about the two deaths at the LyondellBasell facility in La Porte.”
Heartbroken to hear of the two fatalities at the Lyondell Basell facility in La Porte. Our county and other first responder agencies are working to support the other workers impacted and to verify that the incident is contained. Grateful to all responders. https://t.co/4ei2IFew9d
– Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) July 28, 2021
“County emergency personnel and other agencies are working to support other impacted workers and to verify that air monitoring do not present levels of the chemical that were of concern to the community, “Gray added.
Through a statement from La Porte EMS, a company specializing in emergency medical services, he assured that “andhe area is in Harris County, which is not incorporated by local government, and is adjacent to the city of La Porte. For the moment a shelter has not been established nor have other protective actions been recommended for the La Porte community. “