At least six workers have been injured in a fire at the Phillips 66 Borger Refinery outside of Amarillo, Texas. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The incident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, January 17. At about 10:15 am, emergency crews, including the Borger Fire Department, responded to reports of a fire at the Phillips 66 complex. According to a Facebook post by the City of Borger / Hutchinson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), six people were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Video footage of the Borger Refinery fire shows a massive plume of black smoke coming from the complex, and local media reported hearing two explosions.
According to the CEO of Golden Plains Community Hospital in Borger, four people were flown directly from the refinery to University Medical Center in Lubbock, and three others were treated at Golden Plains Community Hospital for second-degree burns.
As emergency personnel worked to extinguish the blaze, Highway 136 between Borger and Stinnett was temporarily closed. The fire was extinguished at about 2:30 pm, and the highway reopened at approximately 4:30 pm.
No information has been released as to the cause of the refinery fire, but we will work to remain abreast of the situation. Our hearts go out to the injured workers and their families as they deal with the aftermath of this horrific incident.
About the Borger Refinery
Built in 1926, the Borger Refinery is located about 50 miles northeast of Amarillo in Hutchinson County, Texas. It is owned by WRB Refining LP, a partnership between Cenovus Energy and Phillips 66. The refinery complex sits on approximately 6,000 acres of land and employs more than 920 workers. Its key products are fuel (gasoline, aviation fuel, and diesel), natural gas liquids, solvents, reference fuels, and petrochemical coke and sulfur. These products are transported to and from the Borger Refinery by rail, truck, and pipeline.
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