6 injured in Port Arthur pipeline flash fire on Tuesday

Published 5:43 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Six people were injured, two severely, in a flash fire at a local pipeline facility, authorities said.

Port Arthur Fire Chief Greg Benson said they received the call of the fire at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday at Explorer Pipeline Company, 6300 West Port Arthur Road.

Welding was being done on a pipe when the flash fire occurred. It is believed there was still product in the pipe at the time.

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Of the six people injured, four were taken to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, one was taken to a burn center in Galveston by transport and the other was flown to a burn center in Galveston.