Firefighters snuff out Galveston crude oil blaze

GALVESTON – Firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday after it burned a storage tank containing 12,000 barrels of oil in Galveston.

The fire reportedly broke out after an explosion at a sulphur plant on Harborside Drive about 7 p.m. Thursday, police said. The flames were extinguished about 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Galveston Fire Department.

Fire officials said no injuries were reported. The tank was heavily damaged in the blaze.

City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill told the Associated Press that a worker was treated for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

A shelter-in-place order for Texas A&M University at Galveston was lifted after two hours, and nearby traffic arteries and bridge to Pelican Island were opened by midnight, the Associated Press reported.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately available and the fire is being investigated.

harvey.rice@chron.com

1 Comment

  1. David Gower

    Harvey, what is this oil facility used for?

    We appear to be extremely vulnerable (gas prices) right now by industrial accidents or accidents of a suspect nature possibly caused by persons unknown. Unfortunately, that might fit the template of foreign influence such as Iran, terrorists, etc.

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