Dark plumes of smoke emanated from Magellan’s Corpus Christi petroleum storage facility on Saturday morning. Initial reports revealed that the source of the smoke was a fire and possible explosion in one of the facility’s tanks.
Corpus Christi Fire Chief Rober Rocha confirmed that the fire has been extinguished and that seven people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. At least four of those injured are in critical condition, with one being sent to a San Antonio burn unit.
"Around 10 a.m. Central time this morning, a tank fire occurred at Magellan’s Corpus Christi petroleum storage facility. The tank was being cleaned by contractors at the time of the incident,” said Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine. "Unfortunately, there are reports of injuries. The fire has been extinguished at this time."
At 10:56 a.m., Nueces County sent out an alert confirming that the Corpus Christi Fire and Police Departments responded to a possible explosion near IH 37 and Poth Lane.
About the Magella Corpus Christi Facility Fire
The Magellan Corpus Christi storage facility is in the 1800 block of Poth Lane. According to reports, the tank that caught fire contained about 1,300 barrels. It’s located near Valero and Citgo’s petroleum refineries in Corpus Christi. However, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority confirmed that the fire did not reach these refineries, nor did it affect the rest of the port’s operations.
According to Governor Greg Abbott, the state is working with officials from Magellan and Corpus Christi to aid with emergency response for those injured by the explosion and to protect nearby communities.
“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is monitoring air quality in the area, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management is on the ground to provide support,” Abbott said. The Texas Department of Public Safety is also working to provide assistance to first responders on the ground. The state is ready to deploy additional resources to respond to this event and keep the community safe."
Arnold & Itkin’s Corpus Christi refinery accident lawyers will continue to follow updates to this accident as more details about it are released by officials.