Emergency crews responded to an explosion near the Corpus Christi refinery district early Friday morning, sending six people to local hospitals.
According to Corpus Christi Fire Department Deputy Chief Billy Breedlove, it appears that the explosion was caused by a barge striking a pipeline near Lantana Street and Up River Road. First responders were on the scene quickly and helped eight people. Two refused treatment, but six were taken to area hospitals by CCFD and the Coast Guard.
Local media reported that the incident occurred at 8:05 am, igniting and then fully engulfing the barge in flames. The fire also spread from the pipeline to the grain elevator.
Some people at the scene were rescued by Valero personnel after ending up in the water, and according to reports, several victims were flown to Brooks Army Medical Center for burn injuries.
At this time, it’s unclear why the barge struck the pipeline in the first place, causing this explosion.
We will be following this story as it develops, and our hearts go out to the injured and their families.