Cause of blaze still unknown
by Mike Alexieff editor
Jan 28, 2012 | 1075 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST – The cause of the Jan. 13 fire at Key Energy Services Inc. is still undetermined.

Key District Manager Jimmy Hernandez said that the company is performing a “root cause analysis,” but it is not complete.

Three Rivers and George West fire chiefs and the Texas Railroad Commission all say that it is up to Key to determine the cause.

The fire at the yard on U.S. 281 north of George West sent plumes of black smoke skyward that could be seen from at least as far away as Beeville, slowed traffic on the busy road and occupied firefighters for most of the day. No one was injured though.

RRC spokeswoman Ramona Nye said in an e-mail that the commission is not investigating the fire’s cause, and that follow-up inspections at the yard found no violations.

Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Stewart said he has asked Key to call him if it determines the cause.

One discovery at the fire was that the George West Volunteer Fire Department’s equipment that dispenses foam was faulty.

GWVFD Chief Lloyd Wientjes, who was out of town the day of the fire, said the piece of equipment has been replaced.

He said he had been in contact with his firefighters by phone during the fire and that “the feedback is everybody did a real good job.”
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