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Formosa response team douses Wednesday morning fire

April 14, 2010 at 1:02 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2010 at 11:14 p.m.


POINT COMFORT - No one was injured Wednesday morning in a fire at the Formosa Hydrocarbons plant, said Jim Shephard, Formosa spokesman.

The Formosa Emergency Response Team and two Formosa fire engines responded to the call.

The fire was reported at 7:06 a.m., said LaDonna Thigpen, Calhoun County's emergency management coordinator.

The fire stemmed from a burning oil heater.

It was contained within the area of the heater, according to a Formosa news release.

Responders used a nitrogen blanket to extinguish the flames at 8:45 a.m.

Initial reports said the fire was at the Alcoa plant, which is next to the Formosa Hydrocarbons plant.

Formosa Hydrocarbons is located across State Highway 35 from the main Formosa plant.

The company will conduct an investigation of the fire to determine the cause and what can be done to prevent future incidents.

Shephard said employees responded according to procedure. When the fire broke out, they shut down the unit and secured the area.

He said the following were notified of the fire: the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, National Response Center, Local Emergency Planning Commission, Calhoun County emergency coordinator, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Point Comfort City Hall.

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