Tens of thousands of residents in Texas have been ordered to flee as firefighters struggle to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant, following a series of explosions at the facility.
All residents within four miles of the conflagration at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, which erupted early on Wednesday, were told to evacuate in an order from Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.
— Makensie Hinkle (@MakensieTVNews) November 27, 2019
At least one powerful secondary explosion rocked the plant on Wednesday afternoon amid ongoing efforts to extinguish the fire, which has been burning for over 12 hours already.
— Bur (@Bur01210878) November 27, 2019
Communities affected by the evacuation order include Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, Beauxart Gardens, Central Gardens as well as portions of Port Arthur.
EVACUATIONS EXTENDED: There is now a mandatory evacuation of Port Neches, Groves, Nederland, Central Gardens, Beauxart Gardens and the northeast part of Port Arthur.
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) November 27, 2019
Two employees and one contractor were injured in the initial blast, but all three have been released from the hospital after treatment. There were up to 27 workers on site at the time of the incident, according to local officials.
— Kate Sauter (@KateSauter) November 27, 2019
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
This is the sky over Port Neches, Texas right now. pic.twitter.com/1hLoLkSLtf
— Michael K9EI (@K9EI_Tx) November 27, 2019
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