HOUSTON, May 5 (Reuters) – Six people were injured after a fire broke out at a unit of a Shell chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, five sources with knowledge of the complex’s operations said. .
The extent of the victims’ injuries was unknown until 2200 GMT on Friday.
A large plume of smoke was billowing from the fire at the olefins unit located near the 225 Freeway in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, the sources said.
A Shell Plc spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
In a notice posted on a website for nearby residents, Shell said there was a fire at the chemical plant.
All personnel at the plant were accounted for at the time the fire broke out at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Operations at a refinery of the Mexican oil company Pemex that is located near the Shell chemical complex continued despite the fire, sources with ties to the company said.
Pemex issued a statement saying that the fire did not occur in one of its units and that its emergency response team was helping to fight the flames. (Reporting by Erwin Seba. Editing in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)