Four Workers Injured in Annaville Flash Fire
Four men were hospitalized Tuesday after an incident at a natural gas plant on McKenzie Road in Annaville near Corpus Christi, Texas.
About the Natural Gas Plant Fire
According to KRIS-TV, the accident occurred while four contract workers with Stricke Construction were performing routine maintenance work at the Enterprise Products Partners natural gas facility off Highway 44.
Rick Rainey, a spokesperson for Enterprise Products Partners, stated that the four men were replacing a set of filters when a chemical suddenly ignited, causing a fire.
Fire officials reported that the four men suffered first and second degree burns to their upper body. All the men have been transported to the Brook Army Medical Center Burn Unit in San Antonio for treatment.
Information over the Different Degrees of Burns
Information provided by Healthwise through WebMD:
- First-degree burns are minor burns that usually heal at home within 3 to 5 days. These types of burns do not normally result in blisters or scars.
- First-degree burns can be identified as a minor red burn on the top layer of skin, similar to a mild sun burn.
- Second degree burns are divided into two categories and are defined by their depths:
- Superficial partial-thickness burns affect the first and second layers of skin and or most often caused by contact with hot object or hot water. These burns are often very painful and appear to be moist.
- Deep partial-thickness burns affect deeper layers of skin and are often caused by contact with microwaved liquids, hot oil or grease. While the burn is not painful, infection is normally a major concern with these types of burns.
- Second degree burns may take several days before symptoms develop. Treatment will vary depending on size and depths. Medical attention should be sought at the first sign of infection.
- Also called full-thickness burns, third degree burns injure all the layers of the skin as well as the fatty tissue beneath. While third-degree burns cause severe pain, pain may not be immediate as nerve ending could be damaged.
- Third-degree burns are often linked to hot liquids, steam, chemicals, grease and electrical currents.
- Infection is a major concern and these burns always require medical treatment. Large burns may require surgery or skin grafts.