Breaking News: Explosion and Fire At Houston Vodka Distillery Injures Three
Thanks to a reader tip, we learned that Harris County Sheriff’s Department responded early this afternoon to a fire and explosion at BJ Hooker’s Vodka plant at 1300 East Richey. According to Harris County Fire Marshal Gene Hensley, three victims suffered burns. Two of those victims were taken by ambulance to area hospitals for treatment. Life Flight transported the third to a hospital in the Medical Center area. (An anonymous source says that the victim transported to the Medical Center was burned when a vat exploded.)
Hensley says that firefighters who first arrived on the scene reported heavy smoke coming from a warehouse building. Hensley also stated the distillery was doing “some type of a transfer or some type of a process that may have caused the explosion.”
Hensley’s full statement begins near the one-minute mark in the video below.
BJ Hooker’s markets its main product as a “handmade, premium vodka” that, according to its website, is sold at retail liquor stores in the Houston area, such as Spec’s and Richard’s Liquors. We’ve requested a statement from a company owner and will update this story if we get more details.