Three Workers Injured In Fire At Texas Refinery

Galveston Bay, TX -A report from Marathon Petroleum Corp. said three workers were injured Monday in a fire at its Galveston Bay Refinery, including one who was airlifted to a burn center.

A spokesman from Marathon said that at approximately 2:45 a.m. today, a fire was reported at one of the units at the Galveston Bay refinery. A contract employee was injured and transferred via helicopter to a burn center in Galveston.

Marathon said the other two workers were treated on-site for minor injuries and released. It said the unit where the fire happened was shut temporarily for maintenance work.

The 450,000-barrel-a-day refinery, located in Texas City outside Houston, was acquired by Marathon from BP in 2013.

Marathon plans to merge it with one of its other, nearby refineries, which will make the Galveston Bay plant the U.S.’s second-largest refinery, with a crude capacity of 585,000 barrels a day, the company said last month.