HOUSTON – Two employees of the Watson Valve Services company were killed in an explosion at the business early Friday morning in northwest Houston.
The men, identified as Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena, were at the business using the gym facilities when the blast occurred at 4:20 a.m., officials with the Houston Fire Department said in a press conference.
My deepest condolences to the families of Mr Frank Flores and Mr Gerardo Castorena on their terrible loss. Our collective hearts are with you— Chief Samuel Peña (@FireChiefofHFD) January 25, 2020
Thank you @HoustonFire @houstonpolice @RedCrossTXGC @HoustonTX for your incredible efforts today. https://t.co/YZckvEQwjO
Castorena was a father of three, two girls and a boy and his coworker, Joshua Martinez remembered his life.
“He would be dancing around in the shop,” Martinez said.
He said Castorena, 45, would do anything for his friends, family, and co-workers.
“I said, ‘I’m hungry, bro, you got something I can eat?' and he’s like, ‘Yeah, go to the fridge, I got chicken nuggets.’ That how he was such a nice person,” Martinez said.
Martinez said his own father just missed the explosion by minutes because he was running late this morning.
“I wouldn’t have a dad if he wasn’t late,” Martinez said.