WATCH: Massive fire along refinery row in Corpus Christi

Firefighters are working to put out a massive fire along refinery row in Corpus Christi.
Firefighters are working to put out a massive fire along refinery row in Corpus Christi.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Firefighters are working to put out a massive fire along refinery row in Corpus Christi.

According to Corpus Christi police, the incident happened near Lantana and along River Road. Authorities told KRIS-TV the fire may be coming from EPIC Products near Lantana and Navigation. Authorities said six people have been transported to the hospital.

Authorities told KRIS-TV the fire ignited on a barge, which is on fire. The fire then spread from the pipeline to the grain elevator, they said.

Coast Guard crews respond to a dredge on fire in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Aug. 21, 2020. A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene, hoisted two injured crewmembers, and transferred them to Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area. (Public Domain)

Multiple people ended up in the water during the explosion and were rescued by Valero personnel, KRIS-TV said. According to some reports, victims burned in the explosion were flown to Brooks Army Medical Center burn units. The Coast Guard said they rescued two crewmembers and continue to search for four missing crewmembers from the dredging vessel Waymon L. Boyd after it caught fire Friday in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Massive fire reported at the port. Four people have been transported to the hospital.

Posted by KRIS 6 News on Friday, 21 August 2020

KRIS-TV said they were told a new pipeline was going in at the facility and there was a pipeline rupture.

Coast Guard crews respond to a dredge on fire in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Aug. 21, 2020. A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene, hoisted two injured crewmembers, and transferred them to Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area. (Public Domain)
Coast Guard crews respond to a dredge on fire in the Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Aug. 21, 2020. A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene, hoisted two injured crewmembers, and transferred them to Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area. (Public Domain)

The Coast Guard captain of the Port of Corpus Christi has closed the Inner Harbor from Harbor Bridge inward of the Ship channel. Police are asking people to avoid the area.


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