Crews are working at the scene of a massive gas line rupture in Corpus Christi near Interstate 37 and Buddy Lawrence. They responded to the scene of the rupture at approximately 9:30 AM on Monday, according to Corpus Christi Deputy Chief Richie Quintero.
Currently, there are no reported injuries or fatalities from the rupture. Corpus Christi police have shutdown IH 37 in both directions. Nearby residents were placed under a shelter-in-place order as authorities secured the scene.
Details About the Corpus Christi Gas Line Fire
The fire started at approximately 8:30 AM and was out by 10 AM. Corpus Christi officials activated its Emergency Operated Center to respond to the incident. According to reports, the pipeline rupture shot flames 150 feet into the air that were visible for miles away. CNN reported that the event also caused nearby buildings to catch fire.
"The line was identified and bled down until the fire self-extinguished around 10 AM," Assistant Fire Chief Randy Paige said.
Corpus Christi Deputy Chief Richie Quintero confirmed that authorities are working to confirm the company that is responsible for the line. Our team will continue to follow this story as officials release more details.