‘Residual burn’ ongoing at blast site near Milford
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Chevron is monitoring a continued “residual burn” at the pipeline site near Milford where workers punctured a pipeline while excavating and sparked an explosion earlier today.
The entire city of Milford and all Milford ISD schools were evacuated after a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline exploded near the town. No injuries or damaged structures were reported, though vehicles parked at the site burned.
“There is an adjacent Chevron-owned 14-inch LPG pipeline that the company is currently monitoring,” Chevron said in a statement. “Chevron and emergency response organizations are actively monitoring the incident and taking every precaution to contain and ultimately extinguish the fire.”
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 personnel also responded with the department’s incident command vehicle.
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