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Posts published in “Day: April 4, 2019

Explosion, fire at KMCO plant in Crosby

Smoke billows from the KMCO plant fire, as seen by the neighbors and first responders on Ramsey Road in Crosby.

CROSBY – Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday many thought their buildings had been struck by a car because they were jarred violently, but it was the third of local plant fires in a couple of weeks, this time at KMCO, L.L.C. and this time it was deadly.

Two employees were taken by ambulance to nearby Crosby Church for Lifeflight helicopters to pick them up. At least, another man was killed in the incident although at first was reported missing. By press time the names of the injured or deceased had not been released.

A firefighter indicated that the two injured employees were in critical condition when found, having been burned over most of their bodies.

No one would call the fire out before 5:00 p.m. although apparently considerably under more control by 2:30 p.m. Crosby VFD was first on the scene, followed by ESD#5, then Sheldon units. Crosby VFD encountered low water pressure (that same problem as had extended the fire in Deer Park on March 17 and 18.) No less than 16 fire tanker trucks of water from surrounding communities were brought in to contain the flames.

According to John Foley, President and Chief Executive Officer of KMCO L.L.C., “There was an incident resulting in an ignition and fire today April 2, 2019 at KMCO, LLC in Crosby, Texas. We are deeply saddened to confirm at this time that there have been injuries and one fatality. Those injured have been transported for medical treatment. Our hearts and prayers go out to the individuals involved, as well as our first responders, employees, and our community.

“We have activated the company’s emergency response team and incident command center. We are working with local first responders to extinguish the fire. We will give another update as additional information becomes available.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to residents in the vicinity. The well-being of our people, neighbors and the environment remain our top priorities.”

Later company officials reported that a fire was touched off by isobutylene then accelerated by ethanol and ethyl acrylate, a transfer line blazed, it caught a tank afire and the tank started a nearby building blazing that was packed with dry chemicals.

Barrett has economic development plans

JERRY BLUITT, speaking at Rotary, about the Barrett Station Civic League and Barrett Station Management

HIGHLANDS – Jerry Bluit, president of the Barrett Station Civic League, and the Barrett Station Management District, explained to the Rotary Club what plans these organizations had for economic development in their geographic area of responsibility.

Bluitt also took the opportunity to review some of the history of the area, including the Mexican Land.

Grants that were the foundation of Crosby, Barrett Station, and the Highlands/Lynchburg communities. Barrett Station was formed from the land grant of Reuben White, which extended as far as the Sterling-White Cemetery.

Bluitt says there are four organizations committed to “giving back” to their community. They are the Civic League, the Management District, the Ministerial Association, and the MUD 50 District.The Civic League was formed in 1954, the Management District in 2015 with the help of legislators Harold Dutton and John Whhitmire. Now Bluitt is petitioning the Legislature to form a TIRZ, or Tax Increment Redevelopment Zone, to raise money from increasing property values to be used for community improvements.

Bluitt sees the Management District improving the Quality of Life for residents in five “lanes.”

US 90 wreck fatal

A SUV slammed into a US 90 guardrail on Saturday night taking the life of Jaime Calderon Jr. Calderon was dead at the scene when deputies arrived at about 11:45 p.m. A witness had contacted 911 upon seeing the car hit the guardrail then go over into the nearby median and seemed to disappear.