Evacuations follow gas line explosion in Milford
Phil Banker, [email protected]
The entire city of Milford and all Milford ISD schools were evacuated after a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline exploded this morning near the town.
Ellis County spokesperson Sarah Garcia confirmed everyone within a one-mile radius of the initial explosion was evacuated to the Italy ISD gymnasium for fear of subsequent explosions.
Tom Hemrick, Hill County Emergency Management Coordinator, said the explosion occurred on a 10-inch distribution pipeline near FM 308 less than a mile from State Highway 77.
Firefighters from Milford, Italy, Forreston and Emergency Services District No. 6 responded to the explosion shortly after 9:30 a.m., with Avalon firefighters later responding in support. Ennis Fire Chief Jeff Aycock and two Ennis firefighters took the Ennis Fire Department’s mobile command center in response to the incident.
Hemrick said pipeline workers accidentally drilled a hole into a 10-inch gas distribution pipeline causing the pipeline to rupture.
Hemrick said no injuries have been reported at this time, and no structures were damaged by the explosion.
“The pressure has been shut off, it’s just a matter of waiting for the pressure to bleed out of the line,” Hemrick said.
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