(Memphis) A chemical exposure incident at the Memphis Valero Refinery injured our people this morning, including two firefighters.
The Memphis Fire Department said the incident involved the chemical Hydrogen Chloride.
Two workers at the facility were injured.
One of them went into cardiac arrest and is in critical condition at The MED Burn unit.
The second employee is in stable condition.
We're also told that two firefighters were exposed to the chemical while performing CPR on an employee, both firefighters are in non-critical condition.
According to the fire department, "Employee's were working on a pump sight glass when the sight glass ruptured."
A press release below from Valero left out a lot of the information provided by the fire department.
Valero Statement: At approximately 9:20 a.m., the Valero Memphis Refinery experienced a failure of a small sight glass at the plant’s alkylation unit shattered, injuring one employee. Trained emergency responders from both the refinery and local fire department arrived to handle the incident. The injured employee has been transported to the hospital. There was no expected environmental impact to neighboring communities from this incident, and refinery operations have not been affected. There was no explosion and no fire at the plant. The refinery has notified appropriate regulatory agencies. The accident remains under investigation.
Executive Director of Media Relations
Past Valero Incidents: http://wreg.com/?s=VALERO&search_submit=
News Channel 3 has a crew on the way to the scene and will have more information as soon as it becomes available.