Tank goes up in flames at Marathon plant in Texas City


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 7:26 PM

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TEXAS CITY – Firefighters battled a tank fire at the Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City Thursday afternoon.

No injuries were reported at the plant in the 2200 block of Fifth Avenue South.

From Air 11, fire crews could be seen spraying what appeared to be foam on the flames. That took care of the blaze on the outside of the tank. But there was still a smaller fire burning inside the tank, according to Bruce Clausen with Texas City Emergency Management.

Marathon Petroleum spokesman Shane Pochard said the fire apparently started around some hoses connected to one of the tanks

The blaze sent thick black smoke into the air that could be seen from as far away as Houston.

Clausen said there was no need for a shelter-in-place because of the direction of the wind..

Workers at a nearby Dow plant heard the blast.

"I heard a big explosion, and I just seen the smoke and it just overfilled the sky. It was like a movie," said Hector Hernandez. "I started running. The alarms went off and we started going to the assembly point."

"We heard it and it was like a big explosion... there was these ladies who were shaking and crying," said Julio Ayarez.

Marathon bought the facility from BP earlier this month.