Pipeline fire closes FM 2004

Texas City police officer Corporal Adolph Velasco blocks traffic on FM 2004 as black smoke billows from an oil pump station fire in Texas City Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. 

TEXAS CITY — Crews on Wednesday afternoon battled an oil pipeline fire.

Officials said that a pump station that is part of an oil pipeline on the city’s northwest side caught fire at about 12:45 p.m. Fire crews had the blaze out by about 1:45 p.m.

Derek Duckett, the city’s emergency management coordinator said the fire did not pose a risk to anyone in the community. There were no calls for shelter-in-place or evacuations.

The fire was in an area located near FM 2004 between FM 1764 and state Highway 3 in Texas City. Police closed off FM 2004 from Central Park Road to Highway 3 as crews try to get to the fire.

The road re-opened at about 1:45 p.m. and the fire was put out a few minutes later.

That section of FM 2004 is mostly industrial and vacant land.

Duckett said about 100 to 200 gallons of oil spilled, Duckett said. He could not confirm what type of oil was released. Initially crews were told it was crude oil.

The city reported the fire and spill to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The pipeline belongs to Sawtooth Inc. Duckett said. Attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Texas City fire officials said that company officials reported that there had been issues with the pump station over the weekend.

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Andy Aycoth

Better call Buzzard !

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