CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NewsNation) — A pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi’s port and refinery district left six people injured Friday.
All six people were all transported to a hospital, said Corpus Christi Fire Department Chief Robert Rocha, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. Details about the extent of their injuries is unknown. Two additional people refused treatment, Rocha said.
Corpus Christi Police Department Deputy Chief Billy Breedlove said a barge hit a pipeline which resulted in an explosion, according to the newspaper.
Police are asking people to avoid the area.
Fire officials first received word of the fire at about 8 a.m. near Nueces Bay, which is in the northern part of the city. Flames and a large plume of black smoke were visible.
“We’re trying to get a headcount of everybody that may have been involved or anybody who may have been around when the incident occurred,” Rocha said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
NewsNation affiliate KXAN and Associated Press contributed to this report.