Texas Worker Dies from Burns in Molten Material Spill

Aug. 07--SAN ANTONIO -- One of two employees who were severely burned this week during a molten material spill at CMC Steel Texas in Seguin has died.

Clifton Wright, 21, was injured around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, along with Gabriel Garcia, 41. Both were flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where Wright received treatment until his death around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Garcia was expected to be released from the hospital, authorities previously said.

The spilled molten material also started a small fire at the Steel Mill Drive facility -- the second blaze there in less than a month.

The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department and the Seguin Fire Department responded to the Sunday fire and shut off the facility's main gas line. After that, according to city officials, a gas release valve activated, keeping firefighters out of the building until the gas company could fix it.

Once crews were able to re-enter the building, they extinguished the small fire, according to the city. Employees were briefly evacuated from the area, officials said.

On July 10, a large scrap metal fire on the property took crews 15 hours to extinguish. No one was injured during that incident.

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