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Twelve injured, three severely burned at Exxon-Mobil


Twelve employees of contractors working for Exxon-Mobile in Beaumont were injured in a fire Wednesday morning.   A Beaumont firefighter on the scene told 12News that three of the injured employees received severe burns.

The fire started in a processing unit which was under maintenance at the Exxon-Mobil facility located at 1795 Burt Street.

The first call to emergency dispatch came in at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Over a dozen ambulances responded to the scene.

Spokesperson Kathleen Jackson told 12News that the injured employees have all been taken to area hospitals.

A worker who was waiting for fellow employees at the hospital told 12News the contract workers who were injured are employees of Signature Industrial Services.

Baptist Hospital Beaumont spokesperson Mary Poole told 12News that Baptist received seven patients. By noon, two patients had been transferred to Galveston. One of the patients was in critical condition one in stable condition.  She said both are burn victims.  She said the other five patients are in stable condition.

A third patient from Baptist Hospital at 3:45 p.m. was transferred to UTMB with burns and a fractured arm.

Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth spokesperson Danielle Pardue told 12News that St. Elizabeth received five patients.  One patient was treated and released. Four patients were transferred to other hospitals.  Three of those transferred were in critical condition and one was in stable condition. 

Exxon has begun an investigation into the fire to determine its cause.


Exxon-Mobil issued the following news release:

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery experienced a fire within a process unit that was down for maintenance.  The fire was quickly brought under control and has been extinguished.    At this time, 12 contract employee injuries have been reported.  Of these, 6 workers are being transported to hospitals for further medical evaluation and treatment.  ExxonMobil is working with all the appropriate local authorities.  All employees and contractors working in the area have been accounted for.

We sincerely regret this has happened and will conduct a complete investigation to determine the cause of the incident.



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