Federal Officials Investigating if Welder Caused Refinery Fire

Federal officials are investigating whether a welding contractor working on a crude oil pipeline may have prompted a fire that occurred Friday at the Sunoco refinery in southeast Texas and injured seven workers.

According to the Beaumont Enterprise, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the fire on Saturday to try to solve the cause of the fire that sent three workers to burn specialist hospitals by helicopter and the rest to local hospitals by ambulance.

Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said a part of the investigation will be to determine whether contractors were following safety practices while constructing on the line.

Shields reported that the fire, which began around 9:00pm, neither stopped operations nor significantly impacted business.

Beaumont Enterprise