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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.


One injured in Pasadena refinery explosion

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 10:49 am by Williams Hart   

One worker was injured in a refinery explosion that occurred just after 10 am on Saturday, March 5, at Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI). According to reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred while a compressor was starting up. Officials believe that during this process, some hydrogen was released which ignited diesel fuel that was in the unit.

The worker who was injured in the incident suffered a flash burn to the head and was taken to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena to receive treatment. While responders worked to put out the fire at the plant, a plume of smoke rose to great enough heights that the Houston Ship Channel had to be shut down temporarily.

This particular plant has a history of environmental violations.


Three injured in Texas City refinery fire

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Williams Hart   

According to an article on abc13.com, three workers were injured in an early morning fire at a refinery in Texas City. Marathon Petroleum Corporation reported that the fire occurred at around 2:45 am, injuring three employees, one badly. According to Marathon, the seriously injured contract employee was sent to a burn center in Galveston, Tex. via LifeFlight, while the two other contract employees were treated for minor injuries and then released.

According to reports, the section of the refinery that caught fire was closed at the time for planned maintenance. The exact cause of the fire is presently unknown and remains under investigation.

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