22 injured after flash fire at plant in Texas

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Explosion reported at plant in southeast Harris County
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Explosion reported at plant in southeast Harris County

PASADENA, Texas -- Pasadena Fire Department says at least 22 people were injured following a flash fire at a plant near Houston.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. at Kuraray America, Inc. plant located at 11500 Bay Area Blvd.

At the time of the incident, approximately 250 employees and contract personnel were on site, according to plant officials.

The plant says all employees have been accounted for.

According to authorities on the scene, 20 people were taken to hospitals by ground with non-life threatening injuries ranging from knee injuries to burns, and two were taken by Life Flight with slightly more serious injuries.

A Pasadena fire official told our sister station KTRK that the flash fire was caused by a broken valve.

The company says they are fully cooperating with all local authorities and emergency response teams, and will provide additional information as it is confirmed.


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