Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 9:59 pm
A massive fire broke out at a chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas on Sunday, March 17, 2019, and it is still burning more than 24 hours after it started.
According to police reports, the fire started at around 10:30 a.m. in the Intercontinental Terminal Co. facility with two tanks, and the fire spread to an additional five tanks by Monday morning. Officials reported on Monday afternoon that the number of tanks burning was down to six, and three of those are starting to settle down.
No one has been reported to be injured in this accident. However, the air has been rigidly monitored considering that the tanks that are on fire contain toluene, naphtha, and xylene which means that low levels of particulate matter have been detected in the air. Exposure to these chemicals may trigger some symptoms to the civilians, such as coughing, difficulty in breathing, burning, irritation, and redness in the eyes, nose, and throat. Some people may also experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Civilians nearby are advised to be careful.
The fire still has not been completely extinguished, and an official said that it could take as long as two days before the fire is totally out.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the facility in this accident. Alas, this is not an uncommon scenario in the United States. Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the country. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happen each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.
Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.
Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Kherkher have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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