BELLVILLE (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt in several explosions and a fire at a gas and cylinders company in rural Central Texas.
Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said the accident at Western International Gas & Cylinders was reported around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Brandes says the plant, which provides bulk gases such as acetylene, is 5 miles east of Bellville and there’s no threat to the town of about 4,200.READ MORE: 150 Houston Hospital Workers Who Refused To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Were Fired Or Resigned
Officials are trying to determine what sparked the fire about 60 miles northwest of Houston. Brandes says a mandatory evacuation covered a mile surrounding the plant. Highway 159 was closed from Bellville to Hempstead.READ MORE: One Tribe Foundation Helping First Responders, Healthcare Workers With Growing Mental Health Challenges
Brandes says the risk of additional explosions was minimal as firefighters hosed down the smoldering scene.MORE NEWS: North Texas Nonprofit Brings Joy Of Scuba Diving To Veterans With Disabilities
Western International officials didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday.