Statement from Mary Rose Brown of Valero.
We are currently experiencing a major fire at the Valero McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas. All plant personnel (employees & contractors) have been evacuated and Valero has activated Emergency Response Centers at the site and in San Antonio. Valero emergency response team members administered first aid on-site to three individuals. One contract employee was transported by helicopter to the Harnar Burn Center at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. Two Valero refining employees were transported to the burn center by ambulance. A third Valero refining employee was transported to a local hospital as a result of chest pains. Valero personnel personally notified family members and are providing transportation to Lubbock. Mutual aid is on the way. Valero has dispatched two planes from its corporate headquarters in San Antonio with support teams, supplies and other resources. Emergency response team members from other Valero refineries are also on the way to provide support.
The incident is believed to have started in the Propane Deasphalting Unit, which processes residual fuel at very high temperatures.
More information will be communicated as it is confirmed.