Cause of Refugio Pipeline explosion still undetermined
There are no injuries reported and no workers were in the area during the pipeline explosion in Refugio.
Refugio County Deputies responded to a fire 18 miles north of Refugio and 8 miles east of Highway 77 in a rural area of Refugio County at 12:15 a.m. Deputies and Refugio Volunteer Fire Department found a Kinder-Morgan pipeline, 36″ in diameter, had exploded and caught fire. The pipeline was on Lake Pasture.
Flames were shooting over 200′ in the air and could be seen from several miles away. Heat from the flames could be felt up to 1/4 miles from the fire. The area was lit up as if it was daylight for miles around. There were no injuries reported and no workers were in the area at the time. Kinder-Morgan workers showed up were able to shut valves off feeding the pipeline which extinguished the flames.
Refugio County Sheriff, Raul Gonzales, says the department is thankful for the quick response of everyone involved in controlling the fire.