Fire at Formosa Plastics's Point Comfort, Texas, petrochemical complex sends 14 employees to hospital; fire started in ethylene purification unit

AKRON, Ohio , May 20, 2013 () – A fire on 2 May 2013 at a plastics feedstock unit operated by Formosa Plastics in Point Comfort, TX, USA injured several workers. As of 6 May 2013, four workers remain at the hospital, while 10 other workers who were injured in the fire have been treated and discharged. The ethylene purification unit where the fire started and a nearby polyethylene unit are still offline, with no restart date set. The cause of the fire is yet to be established. Original Source: Plastics and Rubber Weekly,, Copyright Crain Communications Inc 2013.

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