In 2013, Kuraray’s Specialty Chemical division broke ground on a 40,000 ton chemical plant in La Porte, TX. This plant, just outside of Pasadena, TX injured at least 20 people this morning when a fire broke out at 10:30 in the morning. The authorities responded and got the blaze under control which resulted in 20 people being sent to nearby hospitals.
All employees on site have been accounted for and those who were injured are being treated. The reported cause of the fire was a valve that exploded during normal opperations. There was no secondary fire that resulted from the accident and officials at Kuraray say there is no ongoing threat to the public.