Harris County – At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 6, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office investigators were requested to assist Aldine Fire Department with a fire and explosion at BJ Hookers Distillery in the 1300 block of East Richey Rd.
“One victim was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Herman, and one victim was transported via ambulance to Houston Northwest Medical Center,” said Chief Investigator Dean Hensley. “The cause of the explosion and fire is accidental. An employee was blending vodka with an electric immersion blender when the fumes ignited, causing an explosion and fire.”
Investigators have determined earlier reports of a propane tank explosion at the facility are unsubstantiated. Damage was limited to a single metal warehouse.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Division is responsible for fire, arson, and explosion investigations in unincorporated Harris County.