Investigation Continues Into Cause of Saturday Beaumont ExxonMobil Refinery Fire

January 8, 2019


ExxonMobil has been restarting portions of its Beaumont refinery after a fire Saturday in which no one was injured.

It started with the failure of an electrical transformer that feeds operational steam equipment, a company spokeswoman said.

It started about 7:30 Saturday night and was contained within an hour; equipment was idled immediately.

There was no release of hydrocarbons, ExxonMobil’s Ashley Alemayehu emphasized, but the company investigation has not been not concluded.