Posted: Feb 7, 2012 7:16 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2012 7:22 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A fire aboard a ship at the Port of Brownsville took firefighters about three hours to get under control.
Firefighters spent three hours at the Port of Brownsville dealing with a fire at a ship recycling business called All Star Metals. Workers were removing scrap metal from a freighter ship in the dock area. While working on it, a blaze ignited.
Four units came to fight the fire. We are told it was a difficult fire to deal with because of the size of the ship
"They're a little difficult to extinguish those fires because in the lower deck, the fire, the sparks from the cutting torch ignite the sludge on the bottom of the vessel," says Assistant Brownsville fire Chief Mario Guerrero.
"The fire happened during the ship recycling process. There were no injuries; the Brownsville Fire Department were contacted and the matter has been resolved," says Manuel Ortiz with the Port of Brownsville.
This is the second time Brownsville firefighters were called to All Star Metals in the last three months. The last time was in December. During that incident, two workers were hurt. OSHA was called in to investigate
The Texas General Land Office was there, too. They wanted to make sure no oil was spilled into the Brownsville ship channel.