3-Alarm Fire at Biodiesel Facility Contained
Firefighters Stayed on Scene Throughout the Night to Extinguish the Fire
(Galveston, TX) – Galveston firefighters responded to a fuel tank fire at Galveston Bay Biodiesel at 7:02PM on Thursday. The facility is located in the 4900 block of Old Port Industrial Road on Galveston Island near the Galveston Ship Channel. The fuel tank contained light crude oil.
More than 35 Galveston firefighters were called to the scene to fight the blaze. Interlocal agreements with the Jamaica Beach and Texas City Fire Departments were activated and those crews provided fire protection to Island while Galveston firefighters utilized all available equipment and resources to contain the fire.
Firefighters initially used water to cool the tank and concentrated on preventing the fire from spreading other nearby tanks. Facility workers also used underground pipes to drain fuel from the tank. Shortly before 10PM crews began using a combination of foam and water to gain control of the tank fire. The fire is now contained. Crews remained at the facility through out the night to completely extinguish the blaze.
The Galveston Police Department established a large security perimeter and restricted vehicular access to the site. Portions of Harborside Drive, roadways leading to the facility, and the Pelican Island Bridge were closed for several hours. The bridge and Harborside Drive have since reopened to drivers.
As a precaution, Texas A&M University at Galveston officials ordered a shelter in place for the Pelican Island campus. That notice was lifted at 10:31PM. More than 2,000 students attend that university.
City officials did not order any evacuations or shelter in place notices.
No major injuries were reported. A facility worker was treated for smoke inhalation.
The Galveston Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.