Although we have virtually completed 2016, two more residential fires are in the news. One occurred last night in the Klein area. The blaze consumed the house. Thankfully, no people were reportedly injured, though a family's pets are missing. The second occurred about dawn today, and three individuals are deceased. Authorities are investigating to determine if foul play was involved in that incident.
Contract workers were injured over the weekend while working at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Place in Port Arthur. A fire broke out at the facility around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning sending seven employees to Christus Hospital St. Mary. "There was some smoke inhalation, there was some trauma...apparently some of the guys were working at some sort of a height, so they jumped off scaffolding or ladders to evade whatever it was," said Dr. Kyle Peterson, emergency room director at Christus Hospital St. Mary who helped to personally treat six of the injured workers.
A fire at BP's Texas City refinery broke out today at 1:30 p.m. Officials with the Texas City Office of Emergency Management were alerted to this hydrocarbon fire shortly after 1:40 p.m. and BP fire crews were called to the scene. No calls for further assistance have been made.