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Live Report: 12 workers hurt in flash fire at ExxonMobil in Beaumont
BEAUMONT - 12 contract workers have been hurt, four critically, following a flash fire Wednesday at the ExxonMobil Refinery in downtown Beaumont, according to information provided to KFDM News by Capt. Brad Penission with the Beaumont Fire Department.
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Penisson says the victims were hurt in the flash fire and others suffered injuries when they fell trying to get away from the fire.
ExxonMobil spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson told KFDM News a small fire broke out in a processing unit and was quickly brought under control. She says all the contract workers have been accounted for.
Five victims were taken by ambulance to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and seven to Baptist Beaumont Hospital. According to a spokeswoman for Christus, four of the patients from Christus have been transferred to another hospital. The spokeswoman told us at the time the patients arrived at Christus, three were in critical condition and one was in stable condition. One was treated and released.
Mary Poole with Baptist Hospital told us three of the victims were transferred to UTMB in Galveston. One is in critical condition with burns. Another is in stable condition with burns. A third suffered burns and fractures to his arm. Four others were treated and released.
Poole told us the hospital put in place its trauma alert plan. Eight of the contract workers are employed by Signature Industrial Services in Beaumont. Four were treated and released, according to the vice president and general manager for Signature. Four others were transported to a burn unit in Galveston. Three other contract workers are employed by Brock Industries and one works for K.T. Maintenance.
Statement from ExxonMobil:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning the ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery experienced a fire within a process unit that was down for maintenance. Plant Emergency Response personnel quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished it. Unfortunately, there were contract employees working within close proximity that were impacted by the fire. At this time, 12 contract employees sustained injuries. The contract employees work for Signature Industrial Services, Brock Services, LLC and KT Maintenance. All 12 workers were transported to hospitals for medical evaluation and treatment.
As of 5:00 p.m. today, five contract employees have received treatment and been released from the hospital. Three contract employees were transported to UTMB in Galveston for observation. Four contract employees sustained more serious injuries and were transported to UTMB in Galveston for treatment.
We deeply regret the incident and we are working with the contract companies to ensure these contract employees receive the best medical attention. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and to their families.
ExxonMobil will conduct a complete investigation to determine the cause of the incident.