Hurricane Harvey First Responders Hospitalized by Toxic Chemicals File Suit Against Arkema, Inc.

Houston attorneys Kimberley M. Spurlock and Misty A. Hataway-Coné of Spurlock & Associates, P.C. and Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz are representing a group of seven first responders who were injured from a release of toxic chemicals from the Arkema plant.

In the early morning hours of August 31, 2017 at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, the first of several explosions occurred as a result of the abandoned chemicals heating up and igniting. Although the explosions had occurred, no one from Arkema alerted the first responders who were manning the perimeter of the arbitrary mandatory evacuation area. Immediately upon being exposed to the fumes from the explosion, and one by one, the police officers and first responders began to fall ill in the middle of the road. Calls from medics were made, but still no one from Arkema warned of the toxic fumes in the air. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, and even before exiting their vehicle, they became overcome by the fumes as well.

A press conference to address questions about the lawsuit and the temporary restraining order will be held at 201 Caroline St, outside of the Harris County Civil Courthouse at 3 p.m. today (September 7, 2017).

For questions regarding the press conference, please call Madison Slovacek at 713-222-7211 or email her at [email protected].