Just before 3:00 a.m. on Monday, a fire broke out at a Galveston Bay refinery located in Texas City. There were several people injured in the incident. The facility where the refinery fire broke out, owned by Marathon Petroleum, was shut down at the time for scheduled maintenance work.
Contract Workers Injured in the Fire
Three contract workers were injured in the early morning fire. One of the workers was quickly transported by helicopter to a nearby burn center. Early reports indicate that the worker suffered burns on the head, face, arms, and chest. The other two workers’ injuries were less severe. They received treatment at the scene of the accident.
According to a company spokesman for Marathon Petroleum, the workers who suffered the injuries in the fire are believed to be contract workers. This could impact whether or not the company provides workers’ compensation for the burns and related injuries the workers endured on the job.
While the cause of the fire is still unknown, officials have begun their investigations to uncover the facts.