Crosby, TX (April 3, 2019) – One person is dead and two others seriously injured after an explosion at the KMCO chemical processing facility in Crosby, Texas.
On Tuesday around 11:00 a.m. KMCO’s chemical plant experienced a major explosion. The explosion was triggered by a highly flammable gas called isobutylene.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated preliminary findings indicate a transfer line initially ignited followed by a nearby tank caught fire with isobutylene.
The fire spread to a chemical storage warehouse.
Family and colleagues confirmed that James Earl Mangum, 27, died in the explosion. Reports indicate that Mr. Mangum was trying to stop the leak when the explosion happened.
The other two victims were taken to local area hospitals. There are no reports on their condition and their identity has not been verified at this time.
Nearby residents reported hearing a boom along with homes and cars rattle from the explosion. Crews were able to extinguish the fire by 5:00 p.m. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to monitor the air quality. This is the third chemical plant fire in 17 days in the Houston area.
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Source: Click 2 Houston
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Joe Peralez was severly burned from the KMCO explosion. He underwent surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
The second victim has been identified as Randy Villaloboz. Mr. Villaloboz has filed a lawsuit for more than $1 million in damages as he suffered severe injuries and mental anguish. He also claims KMCO failed to properly train employees or maintain a safe work environment. This is the first lawsuit submitted by an injured employee.