Officials: 20 employees injured in flash fire at Pasadena plant

HOUSTON – Twenty people were injured Saturday when a flash fire broke out at a Pasadena plant, according to officials.

Officials with Kuraray America, Inc. confirm that a fire occurred at the company’s EVAL™ facility in Pasadena, at the corner of Choate Road and Bay Area Boulevard at 10:43 a.m.  At the time of the incident, 250 employees and contract personnel were onsite. All have been accounted for.

A total of 20 workers were transported via ambulance to local area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. An additional two workers were flown by air medical to hospitals.

The flash fire was quickly contained by plant personnel. There was not a chemical release, and no shelter-in-place was issued for the community. The facility issued an "all-clear" at 12:01 p.m.

Responding agencies included: La Porte Fire Department, La Porte EMS, La Porte Police Department, Pasadena Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as multiple Harris County response agencies.

The company is fully cooperating with all local authorities and emergency response teams and will provide additional information as it becomes available and is confirmed.

About Kuraray

Founded in 1926, Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles. It was the first entity in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) synthetic fiber to market. The Japan-based company operates 22 subsidiaries around the world, including Kuraray America, Inc., which is headquartered in Houston. For more information, visit www.kuraray.us.com and www.kuraray.co.jp/en.