Emergency crews battled a blaze at a
ship recycling center
Tuesday afternoon that left three people injured, officials said. Port of Brownsville
A fire broke out on a ship around 3:45 p.m. at the recycling center on
Deputy Fire Chief David Hinojosa said.
Workers had been dismantling the ship to recycle the parts when flames broke out, Hinojosa said. 3 workers sustained burns; 2 were taken to a local hospital. He said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
“They were walking and conscious,” Hinojosa said.
The fire was extinguished quickly after fire crews responded, but firefighters had to extract the workers from the boat, Hinojosa said. They had been working on the lower level, and the fire broke out above them.
Hinojosa said investigators believe it was an accidental fire that started in insulation.
Ortiz said the cause of the fire is under investigation, and the extent of the damage hasn’t been determined.
Herald. By MADELINE BUCKLEY 1 November 2011 Brownsville