Barton Solvents (Valley Center) Explosion 2007

On July 17, 2007, at about 9 a.m., an explosion and fire occurred at the Barton Solvents Wichita facility in Valley Center, Kansas. Eleven residents and one firefighter received medical treatment. The incident triggered an evacuation of Valley Center (approximately 6,000 residents); destroyed the tank farm; and significantly interrupted Barton’s business. An investigation by theContinue reading “Barton Solvents (Valley Center) Explosion 2007”

Tesoro (Anacortes) Refinery Explosion 2010

On April 2, 2010, the Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company LLC (‘Tesoro’) petroleum refinery in Anacortes, Washington (‘the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery’), experienced a catastrophic rupture of a heat exchanger in the Catalytic Reformer / Naphtha Hydrotreater unit (‘the NHT unit’). The heat exchanger, known as E-6600E (‘the E heat exchanger’), catastrophically ruptured because of HighContinue reading “Tesoro (Anacortes) Refinery Explosion 2010”

ITC Tank Fire 2019

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, at approximately 10:00 am, a large fire erupted at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal located in Deer Park, Texas (Figure 1). The fire originated in the vicinity of Tank 80-8, an 80,000-barrel aboveground atmospheric storage tank that held naphtha, a flammable liquid, typically used asContinue reading “ITC Tank Fire 2019”

Pulau Bukom Refinery Fire 2011

A fire broke out in a refinery, reported to have started in a pump house used for blending refined products, as it was being prepared for maintenance. Site fire fighters were supported by state fire-authority forces. Non-essential staff were evacuated from the site, and neighboring units were shut down as a precaution. Further fire eruptionsContinue reading “Pulau Bukom Refinery Fire 2011”


A fire broke out at the SRC at around 1.30 pm on 25 October 1988. It was the refinery’s second major fire; the first occurred on 16 August 1984. Even though the 1988 fire did not claim any lives, it injured 25 people, mostly firefighters, including five who were seriously hurt. The fire lasted aboutContinue reading “PULAU MERLIMAU FIRE 1988”