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Multiple people injured, missing after pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi

Multiple people injured, missing after pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi
Multiple people injured, missing after pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi
Multiple people injured, missing after pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi
Multiple people injured, missing after pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi
Posted at 11:49 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 13:55:36-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Firefighters are battling a major fire in Corpus Christi following a pipeline explosion along the city's refinery row.

The blast happened just after 8:05 a.m. near Lantana and I-37, possibly at EPIC Products near Lantana and Navigation.

Firefighters said the fire ignited a barge, which became fully engulfed. The fire then spread from the pipeline to the grain elevator.

KRIS reports that multiple people during the explosion ended up in the water.

CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline representatives said they are treating four people from the explosion. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Two victims are being flown to Brooke Army Medical Center burn units in San Antonio.

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said there is a search and rescue operation for four people who are still missing.

KRIS has learned that EPIC Products had a brand new pipeline built for loading. It was reportedly going in at the facility when there was a pipeline rupture at the barge loading dock.

According to Lieutenant Marina Lyons with the US Coast Guard, a dredge struck a submerged pipeline causing a fire in the Corpus Christi ship channel.

The owner of the barge said they had multiple employees working at the site at the time of the explosion.

The Corpus Christi Police Department has closed off Lantana Street to traffic as crews work to contain the inferno.

This story was originally published by Eddie Cruz, Ryan Garza and Ana Tamez at KRIS.