Refinery explosion wrap-up
POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 10:59pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:59am
At around 1:51 pm Thursday afternoon a blast rocked the quiet neighborhood surrounding the Delek refinery.
Here's what one man who works in the area had to say, " It felt like an earthquake. It shook the ground it was a loud explosion and then I seen a bunch of smoke some flames coming out the ground."
But what the man felt wasn't an earthquake but it was an explosion that sent workers at the plant fleeing flames and smoke.
When we arrived on the scene we found workers who had been evacuated from the building waiting for word on the co-workers and their place of employment.
As the fire raged and the smoke billowed, firefighters from the Tyler fire department along with Delek refinery own in-house fire department and EMS crews went through the plant to make sure all the workers were accounted for.
Four workers were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries
As day turned to night it appeared the plant had gotten the blaze under control through a process that included water and cutting off fuel to the fire.
Assistant fire chief David Schlottach said that the fire was well on the way to being control, "At the moment we have some high pressure line they've been able to block off or shut the valves off either inside and they're now allowing the pressure to burn itself out."