Port Arthur Fire Department

Crews were working April 23 to clean up an oil spill following a crane accident that injured one person, reports the Port Arthur Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a report of a crane that had turned over on S. First Avenue in Sabine Pass. On arrival, crews found a subject complaining of back pain on a boat. They removed him from the boat and transported him to a hospital for medical treatment of his injuries, which were not life-threatening according to PAFD. 

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The Port Arthur Fire Department continues to maintain a 24-hour presence at the German Pellets terminal, and is ensuring every necessary action is being taken to end this incident as quickly and safely as possible, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release June 16. The Port Arthur Fire Department has overseen approximately 4,700 tons of product removed from the debris pile to date.

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German Pellets Texas has established a website where the community can get information and updates about the April 15 incident that occurred at GPTX’s storage facility and shipping terminal located in Port Arthur, GPTX spokesperson Brendan Byrne said in a release May 8.

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UPDATE on 4/21/2017: The Port Arthur Fire Department continues to work with German Pellets Texas, LLC and Texas Pellets, Inc. (collectively GPTX) to extinguish the burn, the City of Port Arthur said in a statement.

The safest way to manage this type of smoldering is to contain it using the facility's suppression system until the wood pellets can be safely removed from the silo. GPTX is on site with experts assessing the situation, and anticipate that it could be several weeks or more before the incident is completely resolved.

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The Port Arthur Fire Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Day on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m.

PAFD will be giving out free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last as well as offering residents free smoke alarms. Free flu shots will be available for kids, $10 for adults.

Fire Prevention Day will be held at 3401 Cultural Center Drive.

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PAFD Captains Ricky Bodin and Richard Malone

At the request of the state of Florida and through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the state of Texas approved sending resources for disaster relief in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. These resources include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), which currently consist of 30 personnel and may be augmented as the situation develops.

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Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:14 p.m., the Port Arthur police and fire departments received a 911 call reporting a major accident at 39th Street and Memorial Boulevard.

Officers responding to the scene “found one vehicle engulfed in flames,” a PAPD release said. After the fire was extinguished, responders discovered one occupant inside the charred vehicle.

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