3 Burned at TX Vodka Distillery Blast

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 09:11 AM gHale


Three people working at a vodka distillery in northeast Houston ended up severely burned during an explosion inside the facility.

The explosion was reported at the B.J. Hookers Distillery in the 1300 E. Richey Road at 10 a.m. Monday.

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One of the victims was flown by LifeFlight to an area hospital in critical condition.

Two others were taken by ambulance to an area hospital, but their conditions are unknown.

An employee was using an immersion blender to mix vodka at B.J. Hooker’s, a vodka distillery in the 1300 block of East Richey, the Fire Marshal’s Office said. The fumes ignited, causing the explosion and starting a fire.

The explosion was confined to a single metal warehouse, about half the size of a football field, on the distillery’s premises, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Fire Marshal’s Office.

However, investigators believe the explosion may have occurred during the transfer of flammable alcohol, KPRC reported.

The incident is under investigation by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.



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