Barge Fire in Texas Leaves Firefighters Injured

Two firefighters were injured earlier this month after a cargo vessel fire in Corpus Christi. Although the extent of the fire is currently unknown, the accident happened while the vessel was moored at the Port of Corpus Christi.

According to reports, the fire broke out just before 3 p.m. on June 10, as workers were unloading turbine blades from the “Antonio” vessel, docked under the Harbor Bridge at Oil Dock 15. The cause of the fire is said to be due to welding sparks coming into contact with wooden boards below surface. However, upon further investigation, it was determined that the fire started in the ship’s storage room before making its way to to the wooden boards. The accident is now being investigated for safety issues and violations aboard the vessel.

The Corpus Christi Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly after the fire broke out. The fire crew attempted to contain with the fire with high-pressure water hoses, An hour after the breakout, they were finally able to get the fire under control, although many firefighters remained behind, putting out several hot spots. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion on the scene before being taken to a hospital, along with another injured firefighter. One of the injured firefighters, a captain, was taken airlifted and taken to a hospital in San Antonio, where he was treated for hot gas inhalation. The other firefighter was taken to Corpus Christi’s Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was treated further for heat exhaustion. He was kept overnight for observation. At this time, there has been no word if any of the maritime workers were injured during the fire.

The dock operations and work were halted while the fire was being contained, but most workers were able to return to their duties a few hours later.

This isn’t the first time Corpus Christi maritime workers have been placed at risk for life-threatening injuries. In 2012, the Galveston oil spill, one of the largest oil spills to ever happen, left  8,400 gallons of oil dumped into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.  Although no vessels were allowed access during the cleanup, a series of injuries occurred while workers attempted to clean up the spill. 

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