At around 9:00 a.m. this morning, a major gas explosion at the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Ramsey plant near Orla, Texas resulted in injury to two to four people, according to reports from different sources.
Employees and residents within a 10-mile radius of the area have been evacuated as a precautionary measure while the focus remains on making sure that every employee is accounted for. Over 150 evacuated people arrived uninjured at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center in Carlsbad. Evacuees will have a chance to speak with a company representative during a brief of the incident before returning home to their families. Currently, more than 100 people are still unaccounted for.
One of the plant workers reported that he and a group of his coworkers were able to make their way to safety when they were initially told about a fire that had broken out on the premises. He reported that the explosion shook the entire area, describing the “intense heat” radiating from the scene of the blast.
The fire is isolated to one building and is now under control, however roads nearby the plant are being kept closed as the fire continues to burn excess gas throughout the area. All gas lines into and out of the plant have been closed off until the fire is put out. The Texas Department of Public Safety plans to survey the scene from a helicopter when it is safe to do so.
The exact cause of the explosion and whether it stemmed from a violation of safety regulations is still unknown.
More details will be made available via Current-Argus as the story unfolds.
We at The Daspit Law Firm extend our thoughts and well wishes to those affected by this accident, and hope for a speedy recovery for all who have been injured.
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