FIRES HIT TWO HOUSTON AREA DOWNSTREAM COMPLEXES

A string of fires swept through two Texas City, Tex., petroleum processing complexes last week. Three apparently related fires were reported within an hour Apr. 5 at an Amoco Oil Co. refinery, a Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Co. Inc. petrochemical plant, and an Enron Power Corp. cogeneration plant adjacent the Carbide plant. On Apr. 6, an isomerization unit at Amoco's refinery exploded and caught fire during start-up about 9:30 p.m.

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