Friday, August 12, 2005

Yet Another Day in Paradise - Smoldering fire at BP plant near Alvin snuffed out:
Chronicle Correspondent

ALVIN - A stubborn fire that erupted Wednesday night at BP's Chocolate Bayou plant was finally snuffed out early this morning.

Two rotating four-person crews battled the small fire, which begain with an injury-free explosion in a plastics manufacturing unit at the plant.

Officials said the remaining chemicals will be purged out of the affected unit and burned off later.

Wednesday's explosion occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the plant's Olefin 2 unit, which produces plastic feed stock, including ethylene and polypropylene.

The 2,400-acre plant site, which operates under the name of BP subsidiary Innovene, is in a largely isolated area off FM 2004, about 15 miles from Alvin in Brazoria County."

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