Natural gas pipeline explodes in Refugio County

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

By Advocate Staff Report
Feb. 15, 2017 at 1:42 a.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

A pipeline exploded in Refugio County early Wednesday morning.

A pipeline exploded in Refugio County early Wednesday morning.    CONTRIBUTED BY MILEIDY CASTILLO for The Victoria Advocate

A natural gas pipeline exploded just after midnight Wednesday in Refugio County, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Refugio County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a fire at 12:15 a.m. about 18 miles north of Refugio and eight miles east of U.S. 77 in a rural area, according to a press release from the county’s sheriff’s office.

Upon arrival, deputies and Refugio Volunteer Fire Department officials found that a Kinder-Morgan pipeline, possibly 36 inches in diameter, exploded and caught fire for unknown reasons.

The pipeline is located at Lake Pasture, and no workers were in the area at the time. Workers from the company assisted authorities and shut the valves off feeding the pipeline therefore extinguishing the flames.

Before the fire was extinguished, flames shot more than 200 feet in the air and could be seen for miles around. Heat from the flames could be felt up to a quarter of a mile from the fire.

Through the early hours Wednesday, a deep, orange glow could be seen across the southeast horizon from as far away as Victoria.

This story will be updated as more details are confirmed. Look for full coverage in Thursday's Victoria Advocate.



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