Oil tanker fire in Shiner area, no injuries reported

Oil tanker fire in Shiner area, no injuries reported

Oil Tanker

SHINER, Texas – No injuries have been reported after an oil tanker caught on fire Friday morning, according to local officials.

Smoke filled the air in the area of Shiner after an oil tanker caught on fire.

The smoke was coming from FM 443 at Dryer Road. All emergency units monitored from their command station at the oil pad site, confirmed Lavaca EMS.

The driver of the oil tanker truck did escape and no injuries have been reported.

Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management confirmed a “hot oil” Bobtail truck and a Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer caught fire while working on a oil pad site.
Both vehicles are a total loss.
One home was evacuated as a precaution, however, they have been allowed to return, said Lavaca OEM.

All Shiner and Lavaca County units have cleared the scene, according to Lavaca EMS.

Lavaca EMS last stated that the fire is out and cleanup will take place with companies used for environmental purposes.

Gonzales County will continue to monitor and supervise cleanup efforts, confirmed Lavaca EMS.

Initially, all immediate homes were asked to evacuate until the fire was under control. The fire is now under control.

Lavaca EMS, Gonzales EMS, Gonzales Fire, Shiner Fire, Lavaca County Emergency Management, Gonzales County Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Division of Emergency Management all assisted at the scene of the oil tanker fire.

“Due to safety concerns and limited water supply, the propane fire was allowed to burn itself out. Fire crews remained on-site until the fire had been extinguished,” said Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management in an email. “The incident location has now been turned over to the Railroad Commission and the property owner. Representatives from Marathon Oil were on site and working with the Texas Railroad Commission inspector.”