A tank containing light crude oil exploded in Galveston Thursday evening, causing a 3 alarm fire.

Alicia Cahill with the City of Galveston said they received reports of the explosion at 4900 Old Port Industrial Road about 7 p.m.

She said soon after the initial explosion, another nearby tank became engulfed in flames.

Thirty-five Galveston firefighters battled the fire into the night. Cahill said the fire was extremely hard to contain because the boiling crude oil was feeding the flames.

Crews had to drain the oil from the tanks as well as douse the flames.

Cahill said no injuries were reported.

Galveston police restricted access to many nearby streets, including Harborside Drive from 29th Street to 51st Street. The bridge to Pelican Island was also closed for several hours.

Cahill said firefighters from Texas City and Jamaica Beach were called in to cover any other fire emergencies on the island while Galveston firefighters continued to fight the fire. 

As a precautionary measure, officials with Texas A&M at Galveston put a shelter in place for their campus.  By about 10:30 p.m., the shelter was lifted.

The fire marshal was called to the scene but there is no word yet on what caused the explosion and fire.