The 145 meter long, 19508 dwt chemical tanker Jo Kiri caught fire near Eagle Point while in the Houston Ship Canal. The crew spotted smoke coming from the engine room. The blaze quickly engulfed the compartment disabling the engines. The crew requested assistance as the tanker blocked traffic on the canal. The Coast Guard responded and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after an hour. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Jo Kiri was later towed to a nearby terminal for inspection and survey for damage.