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Four people have been injured in a fire at Exxon’s Baytown at a Texas oil refinery

December 23 (Reuters) – Four people were injured in a fire at Exxon Mobil Corp on Thursday. (XOM.N) The complex, located in downtown Texas, is one of the largest refineries and petrochemical facilities in the United States.

No casualties were reported and the injured are being treated in a stable condition. Other employees were counted, Exxon said.

The fire was extinguished at about 10 EST (1500 GMT), several hours after the fire broke out.

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An Exxon official told a news conference that the fire had affected a unit producing petrol.

People familiar with the plant’s operations told Reuters that a fire broke out in the hydrotreater unit at the refinery, which was closed Wednesday due to a bypass line leak. Hydrotreaters remove sulfur and other contaminants in the production of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.

Check out this image taken from social media on December 23, 2021, a fire at the refinery of the petrochemical company ExxonMobil near Houston, Bottom, Texas, USA. Molly Fitzpatrick via REUTERS

To focus on stabilizing the affected units, Exxon is adjusting production rates at other downtown processing units, spokeswoman Julie King said.

Bedown Plant A chemical plant, an Olympians plant and the country’s fourth largest oil refinery, have the capacity to process 560,500 barrels of crude per day. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Injured contractors repairing leaks. Harris County Sheriff et Gonzalez said on Twitter that three of the injured were airlifted to hospital by a rescue helicopter and a fourth was taken by ambulance.

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Gonzalez said initial reports indicated there were some types of explosions at the plant. Social media users took to Twitter to say that buildings in the area had been shaken by a bomb blast.

The facility is located on the Houston Ship Canal about 25 miles (40 km) east of Houston, covering about 3,400 acres and employs about 7,000 people.

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Four people were injured in a fire at the Exxon Bedown plant in the state of Texas

Report by Urban Varghese in Bangalore, Bharat Govind Gautam, Akriti Sharma and Shubham Kalia and Erwin Seba in Houston; Additional Report by Barth Kurrajan and Seher Darin; Graphic by Wijetan Mohammed Kawusa; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Mark Porter and Bernadette Bam

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