MS Gas Plant Fire

Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 04:07 PM gHale


A fire broke out at the Enterprise Products Partners natural gas processing plant in Pascagoula, MS, late Monday night.

As of Tuesday morning, flames had diminished and the remaining embers are vapors burning off, said Rick Rainey, vice president of public relations for Enterprise Products Partners.

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Firefighters worked throughout the night into early Tuesday morning to ensure they were able to contain the blaze.

At the time of the explosion, two workers were inside of the plant, but according to Rainey, no one suffered an injury.

“We are thankful no one was injured,” Rainey said. “Both workers were within a secure control room which kept them from being seriously hurt.”

Pascagoula police posted to their Facebook account they were assisting other first responders and said there was no cause for concern and evacuations were not necessary.

Residents should not worry about potential backlash their property or environment would face, said Earl Etheridge, Jackson County emergency services director.

“There’s no need for concern,” Etheridge said. “Being that this was a natural gas fire, you have to let it burn, so our objective is to keep things cool and keeping the fire under control.”

The facility ended up shut down, said Rainey, added the cause of the incident is under investigation.

An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is going out to the scene.

The investigative team will be led by Investigator in Charge Cheryl MacKenzie and will be accompanied by Board Member Kristen Kulinowski – who will serve as the board’s primary spokesperson.

“The CSB’s investigations examine a wide range of safety issues such as effective process safety management and equipment failures,” said CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland. “Our investigations aim to improve the safety of workers and the public.”