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Update: Chemical Fire At The Houston LyondellBasell Refinery Declared Under Control

The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 11:56 p.m. on Friday. The TECQ has cited the refinery twice in the past six months.

Update at 4:26 p.m.:

The Texas Environment Quality Commission has cited the refinery twice in the past six months. Once in October 2015 for not preventing unauthorized emissions and again in March for failing to repair a leaking storage tank. The reports can be read below:

Update at 1:28 p.m.:

Statement from LyondellBasell:

Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, a fire occurred at the Houston Refinery. The fire was in the Coker unit which is part of the refining process. The fire has been extinguished and we have begun the process of determining its cause.

All employees have been accounted for and no injuries were reported. Additionally, offsite air monitoring shows no impact. We want to thank all of our employees as well as our industry partners and local first responders for their assistance.

Update at 12:07 p.m.: The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 11:56 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured during the blaze.

A LyondellBasell representative said, “The fire was in our Coker Unit which is part of the refining process.”

Update at 11:15 a.m.: The shelter in place has been lifted.

Earlier version:

The Houston Fire Department confirms the LyondellBasell plant on 100 Allen Genoa Road is on fire.

HFD arrived at 10:06 a.m. on Friday. As of 10:56 a.m., 25 HFD units have responded to the active scene, as well as the SEMA Fire Departments. HFD says the Port of Houston Fire Boat is in route.

It has been determined by HFD that cleaning fluid and heavy fuel are burning.

A shelter in place has been issued for Sims Bayou to Broadway and Manchester to Park Place. If you live or work in the area, HFD has asked for you to remain indoors and close all windows.

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The refinery is one of the largest in the U.S. that processes heavy-sulfur crude oil, according to the website .

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