One contractor lost his life and three others were seriously injured in an explosion at an oil rig in Burleson County Wednesday afternoon.
A fire was first reported around 3:30pm on Wednesday, according to wellsite owner Chesapeake Energy Corporation. The incident occurred southwest of Caldwell, along County Road 127.
After the initial explosion, Caldwell Fire and Rescue reported that there was still an active fire burning. Firefighters and other rescue personnel responded to the scene, including College Station HAZMAT and an oilfield emergency response specialist. By 6:30pm, units were clearing the scene and the roadway was reopened by 8pm. Responders remained overnight to monitor the area.
The three people who were injured in the explosion suffered severe burns and were transported by helicopter to receive medical attention in Austin and Houston. The full extent of their injuries is unclear at this time, and no names have been released.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, no evacuations were ordered in the area, but the road was closed while crews worked to address the situation. There is still heavy traffic in the area as crews continue to come to and from the site.
We’ll be following this story as more details emerge.