Tuesday, September 27

HFD: Fire on Crosby Enterprise in Houston Ship Channel was caused by welding

On Friday, August 12, 2022, firefighters with the Houston Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on the Crosby Enterprise that was docked in the Houston Ship Channel for construction.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke coming from the ship after the fire started in the living quarters for crew members from workers that were welding. All crew personnel were accounted for and off the ship, according to HFD.

During the fire, HFD also stated a cooling station was set up using a City of Houston Metro bus for Houston Firefighters to cool off in as they worked in the blazing heat. Additional crews, including Hazmat also responded to help contain the fire and keep crews on a rotating basis in an attempt to cool them off.

After multiple attempts were made to put out the fire, and extreme heat conditions, the decsison was made to not allow any more crews inside the ship.

At that point, HFD says, a shipyard supervisor made the decision to hire a 3rd party private contractor to come out and extinguish the fire after a firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion and had to be taken to a hospital.

The Houston Fire Department did leave one unit behind to serve as a fire watch and as a precaution to help the third party private contractor if something were to happen.

It is not known at this time how much damage was done to the ship.

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