A fire that injured to men at a Conroe, TX, industrial plant Thursday was related to an electrical malfunction, officials said.
“The fire did originate in the area of the electrical equipment so we do believe it is related to the electrical work going on so we are going to be working with the electrical workers to determine the exact cause,” said Montgomery County, TX, Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams. “The equipment (contractors) were working on works at a high voltage and when they have an equipment malfunction it can have a flash fire.
“The voltage is about 480 volts and that is four times the voltage of a normal household circuit.”
The two workers injured remained in stable condition Friday.
Around noon Thursday, emergency crews responded to a fire at Aegion Coating Services, at 10655 Jefferson Chemical Road, which is located southeast of the city of Conroe.
“Two workers were transported to the (Texas) Medical Center with burn injuries, but were reported to be in stable condition,” the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office said.
”The health and safety of our employees, subcontractors, customers and the communities where we work is the highest priority at Aegion,” said Aura Joyce, director of marketing and communications for Aegion. “Our thoughts are with the injured contractors and we are fully cooperating with the fire marshal and other authorities to determine the cause of this accident.”
Fire officials said the blaze was quickly contained and there were no reported hazardous releases and no evacuations needed.
According to the Aegion Coating Services website, the company is a part of Aegion’s Corrosion Protection platform and is headquartered in Conroe. It serves the United States, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South America. Aegion Coating Services combines a variety of pipeline coating and rehab technologies for onshore and offshore installations.