UPDATE: Man dies in accident at German Pellets

Accident at German Pellets

The Port Arthur Fire Department confirms to KFDM/Fox 4 News a man died in an industrial accident at German Pellets at the Port of Port Arthur.

Firefighters tell us the man was in a bobcat machine removing wood pellets from a silo.

There was an accident shortly before 8 a.m. Friday and some of the material fell onto the bobcat and the man.

First responders worked to free him from the heavy equipment.

He died at the scene. A justice of the peace will order an autopsy.

Investigators aren't releasing his name until they notify relatives.

A spokesperson for German Pellets told our reporter, Kaily Cunningham, it had no comment at this time on the fatal accident.

We reported live this morning from the scene.

Earlier this year, a fire smoldered for about a month in a silo at the German Pellets site. The silo eventually collapsed in June.

Firefighters remained at the site to spray water on another silo that became extremely hot.

In July, Judge Donald Floyd signed an agreed order and issued a Temporary Injunction requiring German Pellets to make improvements and safeguard the public.

German Pellets manufactures wood pellets and exports them to other countries for home heating and additional uses.

Stay with us for updates.

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