On November 7, 1983, while lying laid up
in an empty condition at Port Neches,
a major fire broke out in the engine room
of the LIberian tanker Mara Hope,
while she was bing renovated.
This led to 150 people living near the port area
being evacuated for fear of a major explosion.
All the crew of about 40,
who were on board when the fire started,
managed to leave the ship without any injuries,
but one of the shore workers on board,
who were installing new generators,
was taken to hospital.
The fire raged for four days, with intermittant explosions,
causing so much damage that the vessel was declated a CTL.