An explosion took place in northwest Houston this Friday morning. The incident caused great damage to most places in the city as many buildings have been destroyed and some residents have been temporarily displaced.
In fact, the fire officials clarified that there are around 200 homes and buildings which are nearby the explosion site that got completely damaged but on the other hand, there are some homes which were knocked off their foundations.
Also, it was clarified that most of the homes will be uninhabited for weeks. So, the Houston office of the American Red Cross agency had helped around 100 people to have shelter at churches near the blast site and the shelter offered the people with food and water.
The Police Chief art Acevedo clarified that there were two people who were killed in this incident, who are Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena employees.
“The two had arrived at their work early and were using its fitness gym when the blast happened,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
Additionally, there are 20 people who were injured; two of them were warehouse workers and 18 people were from neighboring homes However, none of the injuries were life-threatening.
The reason behind the explosion was propylene gas, a fire department spokeswoman said. “We don’t know that propylene caused the explosion, only that propylene tanks are on-site and were involved in the explosion and fire”
In fact, Propylene is a colorless gas that is used to produce chemicals in plastics, gasoline and synthetic rubber. The propylene is a very highly flammable gas and anyone who gets exposed to the gas can become light-headed or dizzy and it can also cause liver damage.
Actually, Texas is considered to be a home of the highest concentration of oil refineries in the nation. In recent years, the city has experienced a series of explosions. The most recent one was in July, it was an explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, east of Houston.
This explosion caused minor injuries for dozens of people and left many residents in a shelter for three hours.
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