Pipeline fire may take up to 24 hours to burn out
By Frank Heinz
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
A fire is raging near the southern Ellis County town of Milford after a Chevron pipeline carrying liquid petroleum gas exploded Thursday morning, prompting a town-wide evacuation.
According to county officials, crews were drilling at the site southeast of Milford along Cosby Road when a 10-inch pipeline exploded.
Chevron has confirmed all employees working at the site are uninjured and accounted for and released the following statement Thursday morning:
At approximately 9.30 a.m. (CST) today, there was an incident at a Chevron pipeline near Milford, Texas. Chevron has initiated its emergency response procedures and is currently responding to the incident. Chevron’s primary concern at this point is to ensure the safety of its employees and the surrounding community. As soon as there are further details, they will be made available.
The cause of the explosion has not yet been revealed. The drill site is in a rural area with no nearby structures threatened or damaged, however there are several vehicles and a drill rig at the site that have been destroyed by the explosion and fire.
Firefighters from neighboring cities were called in to assist battling the fire, but officials decided it was safer to simply let the contained fire burn out. Officials said late Thursday morning that it may take up to 24 hours for that to happen.