Worker injured in Beaumont refinery fire dies

A contract worker critically hurt in a fire at an Exxon Mobil refinery has died.

An official with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston on Sunday confirmed the death of Dustin Creekmore. Spokeswoman Kristen Hensley says Creekmore died Saturday afternoon.

Creekmore was among seven contract workers initially hospitalized with burn-related injuries after the April 17 fire at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Beaumont. Five other workers were treated and released.

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Hensley says four workers remained hospitalized Sunday. She says two are in critical condition and the other two patients are listed as fair.

Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson has said officials believe the fire broke out when hydrocarbons released from a heat exchange ignited. The fire at a processing unit happened when the equipment was down for
maintenance.