Explosion at White Martins oxygen plant in Fortaleza leaves 4 injured – Prime Time Zone


The company and Mayor José Sarto said liquid oxygen production was not compromised

Reproduction / Twitter / @ brom_elisaWhite Martins factory in Fortaleza exploded this Saturday, 24th, and left injured people

This Saturday morning, the 24th, an explosion in the oxygen factory gives White Martins in Fortaleza he left four injured. Sought by Young pan, the company confirmed the incident and the number of people affected. “We are supporting the wounded and collaborating with the authorities. The affected facilities do not produce oxygen and are intended only for filling cylinders. The production of oxygen liquid in the state has not been compromised and the company is looking for alternatives to fill the cylinders ”, informed White Martins in a note. Three people needed to be referred to the Dr. José Frota Institute Hospital (IJF), which is in the center of the capital of Ceará. As reported by the hospital, the patients, aged 19, 43 and 45 years old, are well, but remain hospitalized. “They remain stable, undergoing clinical evaluation, accompanied by the hospital’s multiprofessional teams and conducting imaging exams,” explained the IJF press officer to the Young pan.

The governor of Ceará, Camilo Santana, lamented on social networks the incident at the White Martins unit in Fortaleza and expressed concern about the production of liquid oxygen amid the pandemic of the Covid-19. “Moments after the explosion, our firefighters, Samu and police officers were at the scene to help the victims and isolate the area. Our team from the Department of Health also monitors the issue of oxygen supply, to avoid the problem of shortages in health equipment. I am following the facts and hoping for the quick recovery of the victims ”, he wrote on Twitter. The mayor of Fortaleza, José Sarto, also said: “Coming here to reassure the people of Fortaleza, as we talked with representatives of White Martins and they assured us that, at this moment, the oxygen supply in our hospital units will not be affected. With seven ambulances and two motolances, our professionals promptly responded to the incident, providing first aid to the injured with agility ”.