Worker Injured In Texas Refinery Fire Dies

GALVESTON (April 29, 2013)--A contract worker who was critically injured in a fire at a Southeast Texas refinery has died.

An official with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston confirmed the death of Dustin Creekmore.

Spokeswoman Kristen Hensley says Creekmore died Saturday afternoon.

Creekmore was one of seven contract workers initially hospitalized with burn-related injuries after the April 17 fire at an ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont.

Five other workers were treated and released.

Hensley says four workers remained hospitalized Sunday.

She said two are in critical condition and the other two are in fair condition.

ExxonMobil spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson has said officials believe the fire broke out when hydrocarbons released from a heat exchange ignited.

The fire at a processing unit happened when the equipment was down for maintenance.