Fatality in explosion at Port Arthur plant

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Port Arthur Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service were all called out to an explosion at the KMTEX refinery on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur.

JCSO reported that upon arrival they found three injured victims and one deceased. The injuries included a concussion, fractures of lower extremities, burns and one victim with head trauma who was life-flighted to UTMB.

According to witnesses, a worker was welding on a pipeline containing coal tar solvent when the incident occurred and PAFD found there wasn't a hazmat incident.

The name of the fatality victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

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