Two Firefighters Injured in Cargo Ship Fire Showing Signs of Improvement

The City has released the names of two Corpus Christi firefighters who are still recovering from injuries they sustained while responding to Tuesday's cargo ship fire in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Corpus Christi Fire Department Captain Lee Rogers, a 35-year veteran of the department, was flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center after inhaling hot gas from the fire. He has reportedly shown signs of improvement and has been released from the hospital to return home. He expected to make a full recovery and return to regular duty soon.

Firefighter Giorgio Suarez suffered heat exhaustion while fighting the blaze was treated Tuesday at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital. He is now recovering at home.

The fire broke out at around 2:40 p.m. aboard a vessel that was docked at Cargo Dock 9 on the inner harbor of the Port of Corpus Christi. Crew members were welding and caught timbers on fire. It took fire crews almost two hours to get the blaze fully under control.


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