The lives of several residents and industrial oil workers of St. Charles
Paris, Louisiana were drastically affected in a recent oil pipeline explosion.
Louisiana state highways 90 and 631 were shut down in both directions,
containing the area as safety precaution, but authorities are now allowing
residents to reoccupy their homes as the fire is contained and slowly
A total of six workers were injured in the explosion. While three of the
workers suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition, we are still
awaiting word on the three others whose injuries were more pressing. All
three of them are currently hospitalized and one was airlifted to a specialized
burn unit. Authorities remain especially concerned with recovering the
whereabouts of a missing worker.
The incident occurred during a routine cleaning wherein it seems that a
valve or gasket failed and exposed the inhabitants of St. Charles Parish
to a fire some 30-40 feet wide. Sources state that the best course of
action will be to let the fire burn itself out, as its fuel and range
As the fire persists, we at Arnold & Itkin are hoping the injured workers
are successfully treated and the missing worker located in good condition.
In the interim, we take notable comfort in the fact that the families
of the 60 evacuated homes have been approved to safely return.