At 2:00 a.m. this morning an explosion occurred at the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. One person is confirmed dead and one injured. A detonation occurred in the Cracking II Processing Unit of the refinery which ignited the fire.
Chevron released the following statement:
"The Chevron Pascagoula Refinery experienced a fire at one of its processing units at approximately 2 a.m. this (Friday) morning. Refinery teams have responded to the emergency, and the site is secure. There is no danger to the community. We will provide more information as it becomes available."
Thirty firemen and police officers were required to put out the blaze.
According to WLOX News, Chevron has scheduled their next briefing at 11:00 a.m.
The Pascagoula facility is Chevron's largest, wholly owned refinery with a work force of approximately 1,600. The refinery began operating in 1963 and processes up to 330,000 barrels per day of crude oil to produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, and other products. 20 different processing centers make up the Pascagoula facility.
We are saddened for the family of the man killed in this accident, and we hope that the injured individual recovers quickly.