3 Hurt in Texas City Refinery Fire

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Three workers suffered injuries Monday in a fire at the Marathon Petroleum Corp. Galveston Bay Refinery, including one who ended up airlifted to a burn center, company officials said.

“At approximately 2:45 a.m. (Monday), a fire was reported at one of the units at the Galveston Bay refinery,” the company said. “A contract employee was injured and transferred via helicopter to a burn center in Galveston.”

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The other two workers ended up treated on-site for minor injuries and released, Marathon said. It said the unit where the fire occurred was down temporarily for maintenance work.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” company officials said.

Marathon purchased the 450,000-barrel-a-day refinery, located in Texas City outside Houston, in 2013 from BP.

Marathon plans to merge it with one of its other, nearby refineries, which will make the Galveston Bay plant the U.S.’s second-largest refinery, with a crude capacity of 585,000 barrels a day, the company said last month.