Witness: Explosion 'shook the house'

By Staff reports
June 14, 2015 at 8:53 p.m.
Updated June 14, 2015 at 9:15 p.m.

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An explosion in rural DeWitt County shook that nearby homes and illuminated the horizon Sunday night was an Energy Transfer pipeline, said DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

Officials have not said as of 10:15 p.m. whether any injuries had occurred.

The fire is in a rural area that one witness described about eight miles north of Cuero near U.S. Highway 87.

I don’t think we will be getting any sleep tonight,” said Roger Zimmerman, 49, who lives about a mile from the fire on a road named after his family. “It looks like daylight out here.”

Zimmerman said he was outside his home walking with a friend who is visiting from California when the explosion occurred.

“It was a big boom, and it shook the house,” Zimmerman said at about 10 p.m. “You can feel the heat. ... It was pretty intense. It still is intense.”

The explosion occurred about 8 p.m. “just after ‘Undercover Boss’ ended,” he said.

Zimmerman said he went inside his house and told his wife, Dianna, that they needed to leave.

They went farther down the road to his brother’s home. Zimmerman said he and two other siblings live on the 60-acre parcel.

The fire’s bright, white flames “that sort of look like a cutting torch” will keep the families awake Sunday night.

No officials have told them what is burning or have instructed them to leave the property.

“I never saw anything like this before,” he said, adding that he has lived on the property for 49 years.

Minutes after the explosion, residents across the Crossroads reported seeing a massive fire north of Cuero.

Devon Energy confirmed that it is not their pipeline on fire in Cuero.

A reporter and photographer are still at the scene.

About 10 p.m., flames were reported to be higher than a nearby water tower and could be seen as far as 20 miles away.

The Texas Department of Transportation arrived on scene at about 10:50 p.m. to put up barricades.

Check back for updates.


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