Accident Description

Accident: Third Coast Industries Petroleum Products Facility Fire

Location: Location: Brazoria County, TX

Accident Occurred On: 05/01/2002 | Final Report Released On: 03/06/2003

Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The final report on this investigation was approved on March 6, 2003.

On May 1, 2002, a fire erupted at Third Coast Industries in unincorporated Brazoria County, Texas. The facility, which blended and packaged motor oils and other automotive products, was not designed or equipped to prevent the spread of fire. Despite efforts of firefighters, the fire ultimately consumed 1.2 million gallons of combustible and flammable liquids and destroyed the site. One hundred nearby residents were evacuated, a local school was closed, and significant environmental cleanup was necessary due to fumes and runoff. No employees or firefighters were injured during the incident.