Roads are now open around the refinery
POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:40am
TYLER - Tyler fire department officials confirm there has been an explosion at the Delek Refinery Plant on 425 Mcmurrey Drive.
The explosion happened just before 2 P.M.
Delek Refinery spokesperson Paula Lovell confirms four people are injured.
Lovell also says the fire started in a SAC-Gas unit, which she says is the most flammable area of the refinery.
Employees at nearby places of business say they felt the ground shake and saw the flames come up.
The refinery does have its own in-house fire department which is prepared for situations like this. Other emergency services were called out as well.
ETMC spokesperson Anne Payne confirms there were three men brought into the emergency room.
Payne says two men were flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas; they're in serious condition.
The third person will stay at ETMC and is being treated for smoke inhalation.
Payne says he is in good condition.
There was a fourth person taken by EMS to Mother Frances in Tyler.
Spokesperson for Mother Frances, John Moore, says a 43-year-old man was brought in from the refinery.
Moore is unsure of the type of injury the man suffered.
Moore says the man is in good condition.
The Tyler Police Department is advising everyone to stay away from the refinery.
They have the area cornerned off.
All roads around the area are now open.
The fire is burning itself out.