Fire at the Philadelphia Refinery: Explosion at Philadelphia Energy Solutions
The blast and fire came from a butane at Philadelphia Energy Solutions, which started around 4 am, city deputy fire chief Craig Murphy said, "The fire is not under control, but now the companies are making sure that the fire does not spread, "Murphy told reporters after dawn. 19659004] At 7am, the flames were much lower, according to CNN member WPVI's video – a stark contrast to the massive fireball people recorded on social media earlier in the morning.
One worker complained of chest pain after the fire started, but this person did not need to be hospitalized and no further injuries were reported, Murphy said.
Details of what triggered the fire were not immediately available. According to Cherice Corely, spokeswoman for Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the authorities are working to bring all personnel to justice. However, according to Murphy, nobody is missing who had been in the facility.
Residents reported several explosions that were felt in South Jersey and Delaware According to WPVI in Pennsylvania.
Emergency management officials initially asked people east of the fire to seek protection locally, but according to Murphy, this order was lifted at 7am.
PES let an industrial physicist gas -Quality readings, and the range is "clear," Murphy said. The company will continue to monitor the air in eastern neighborhoods.
Parts of the I-76 highway and the city's flat bridge were temporarily closed, according to the city's Civil Protection Office.
The site is the tenth largest in the US and the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast, according to its website. Philadelphia Energy Solutions employs more than 1,000 people and refines 335,000 barrels of crude a day.
Butane, along with gasoline, fuel oil and propane, is one of the products used in the refining of crude oil.