Just before 10:30 a.m. on December 31, a fire erupted at a pipeline facility in La Porte, TX. According to the company spokesman for Enterprise Products Partners, natural gas liquids were ignited in the fire. While it is unclear what the exact cause of the fire was, reports are stating a liquefied petroleum gas product ruptured with flames igniting in a meter run, which is where products moved through the facility are measured.
The incident occurred at Enterprise Products Partners' Morgan's Point facility, where crude oil and natural gases are loaded onto barges. The latest reports state that fire crews are still battling the flames, although they have been mostly contained. Two contractors suffered from minor injuries in the fire and have since received medical treatment in the aftermath. There have been no public health risks reported.
Since the incident, the facility has been shut down. The La Porte Fire Department was called to the scene where they are currently battling the flames, and approximately 10 Enterprise employees helped. So far, a shelter-in-place has not been issued, although some of the Enterprise workers were asked to evacuate.