UPDATED — Death reported Monday at Orange County industrial site

Published 4:48 pm Monday, March 4, 2024

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of Monday’s industrial mishap that resulted in one fatality.

The victim is identified as 61-year-old John Robert May, of Vidor, who police said died following a fire at Optimus Steel in the Vidor area.

According to preliminary information, the incident involved a piece of machinery that caught on fire.

An autopsy is pending.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Orange County ESD No. 1 Fire Chief Robert Smith said authorities received a call of a structure fire at the facility at approximately 1:40 p.m. Monday.

Smith said the fire had been extinguished when the first crew arrived at the scene, but added there was a burn victim at the site.

He said a burn victim was taken to CHRISTUS Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, where the man was pronounced deceased.

Optimus Steel is located at 100 Old Highway 90, West Vidor.

Orange Newsmedia’s attempts to reach a representative with Optimus Steel have been unsuccessful.

— Written by Mary Meaux