Yorktown plant explosion shocks community

Yorktown community members sent in dozens of photos and videos to Newscenter 25 of a Yorktown plant explosion Wednesday evening.

Yorktown and Nordheim Volunteer Fire Departments responded to 2805 West Highway 72 for a fire at Pyote injection well, a salt water disposal plant on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Fire departments closed West Highway 72 to traffic due to the fire. Firefighters immediately began to put out the grass fires that had started due to the fire. By 6:50 p.m. all grass fires had been extinguished. Air quality was continually monitored for safety of all in the area.

A decision was made, for the safety of the fire fighters to allow the fire to burn itself out. At approximately 7:15 p.m. a tank exploded due to the heat from the fire. Fire officials determined there were no danger to people traveling on the road. The road was reopened at 10:00 p.m. to traffic as the fire burned down to a safe distance from the road.

Fire crews remained on scene to monitor the fire’s progress.

Thursday morning an oil tank was still burning and there was heavy smoke in the area, according to Cyndi Smith, DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. The fire was under control. The roads near the fire have been reopened.

All oil tanks burned out by Thursday afternoon, according to Smith.

There were no injuries reported to the worker on site or to any fire fighters. The cause of the fire has not been determined and will be investigated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission.

According to DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen, one person was at the plant at the time of the blaze but they did make it out safely.

Photos of saltwater disposal fire near Nordheim Wednesday evening pic.twitter.com/PGJaYgJIBq

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