Transformer catches fire at Hastings Oil Field on Saturday

The Alvin Fire Department was dispatched to Denbury’s Hastings Oil Field on Saturday after smoke was seen in the area of the transformers. According to Alvin Fire Chief Rex Klesel, 20 Alvin firefighters were on the scene, assisted by the Pearland Fire Department. Foam was needed to put out the fire. Eight transformers and numerous power poles were lost due to a short or overload, which caused the fire. One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion but was checked out and released.

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