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Runge — Oil Rig Fire on FM 885 Forces Families to Evacuate Their Homes

Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Williams Hart   

At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019, a fire occurred at an oil rig in Karnes County, Texas, and it forced families to evacuate their homes.

According to initial reports, the fire started at the oil rig located on FM 885, just south of Runge. Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva says that it appears that static electricity sparked the rig fire. Eleven families living near the rig had to evacuate while fire crews from Runge, Karnes City, and Kenedy fought the flames.

The flames were out by 6:15 a.m. The fire caused no injuries, and all evacuated families have now returned to their homes.

The fire still remains under investigation.

It is great to hear that no one was injured in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happens each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.

Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Humble industrial plant explosion injures four

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 6:46 pm by Williams Hart   

Four people were injured this afternoon after an explosion occurred at an industrial plant near Humble, TX. According to authorities, the explosion happened near 1:00 pm at Moore Rod and Pipe when a machine used to melt plastic in order to make pipes developed a blockage.

When four workers attempted to fix the clog, pressure accumulated inside the machine, resulting in the explosion. As a result, hot plastic that could have been as hot as 550 degrees flew at the workers, causing severe burns in some victims.

While one worker was treated and released at the plant, two of those injured remain in critical condition and a fourth in good condition. Authorities reported that at least one of the injured plant workers was taken to the Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.


Three employees injured in San Antonio industrial explosion

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 10:28 am by Williams Hart   

Three people were burned when an explosion rocked a cement plant in San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported on February 24.

According to reports from the San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Deborah Foster, the explosion itself happened around 2 p.m. Fire crews responded to the coal mill fire, which occurred at Capitol Aggregates at 11551 Nacogdoches Road, but the flames had already been put out by a carbon dioxide suppressant system.

Reports indicated that three employees suffered facial burns. Although further details about their conditions were not released, there were reports that at least one person was transported to a nearby hospital.

The attorneys of Williams Hart hope for the quick recovery of those injured in this recent explosion. Our Houston legal team knows all too well the prevalence of industrial explosions, and we work to help those who have been injured in accidents like this. To learn more, call our offices at (713) 352-7071 today.


Investigations continue into Omaha explosion that killed two

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 12:09 pm by Williams Hart   

Investigations and recovery efforts are continuing regarding the factory explosion in Omaha that occurred on Monday, January 20. According to Bernie Kanger, the Interim Fire Chief in Omaha, it could be weeks before the investigation is complete.

The explosion took place a little after 10 a.m. at an International Nutrition factory, which produces animal food supplements. According to ABC News, at least two people died in the explosion, 10 others were taking to the hospital for treatment, and seven others were injured but denied treatment. There were a total of 38 people in the factory at the time of the incident.

Due to the cold and uncertain structural integrity of the building, rescue workers have not been able to clear the entire building.

Unfortunately, this tragic accident is not the first to affect this factory. In fact, since 2000, OSHA has given the factory over 10 citations, including one in 2002 stemming from a fatal incident.


Second Louisiana Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, Several Injured

Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm by Williams Hart   

An explosion occurred around 6 pm Friday evening at a CF Industries facility in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, located just miles from the site of Thursday’s deadly blast. According to State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer, nitrogen was being moved from an 18-wheeler by hose into a metallic “vessel” when pressure built up, resulting in the explosion. Sandifer is quoted as saying that this vessel should have been able “to hold thousands of pounds of pressure and it failed.”

One worker at the chemical plant has been reported dead and seven others were injured, some severely, and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Sandifer also commented that the explosion doesn’t pose a threat to anyone near the site.

Our thoughts are with all the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.


Explosion at Louisiana Petrochemical Plant

Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 3:27 pm by Williams Hart   

An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, has resulted in dozens of injuries and at least one death. The blast, which occurred at the Williams Olefins plant, occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13. Soon after, authorities asked nearby residents to take shelter until the situation was contained. So far, there is no word on what caused the explosion.

The plant is a major source of important petrochemical products, annually producing 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of propylene. This is not the first such accident to hit Southern Louisiana in recent years, either: at least two chemical plant explosions have occurred in the area since 2011.

The thoughts of everyone at Williams Hart are with the victims of this terrible incident and their families.

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