Mineral oil fire explodes at CenterPoint Energy facility in Texas City

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Flames and smoke seen for miles after explosion in Texas City (KTRK)

Flames and black smoke from a CenterPoint Energy facility in Texas City could be seen for miles following a transformer explosion late Tuesday afternoon.

"As soon as I saw (the) black smoke I knew something bad was going on," said Texas City resident Marshal Fezekus, who captured video of the incident as he waited to hear if he had to evacuate.

Officials say the fire exploded late afternoon at the facility near FM 517 and Highway 146.

A mineral oil fire is being blamed for the explosion.

PHOTOS: Fire erupts at CenterPoint facility in Texas City


Texas City emergency manager Tom Munoz says though the fire looked fierce and the smoke was thick, no evacuations or shelter in place orders were needed.

Mineral oil is sometimes used to insulate electrical equipment- firefighters had to wait for it to burn out.

Highway 146 was closed by emergency officials for part of the afternoon but has since been reopened to traffic.

Emergency officials say facilities in the industrial complex experienced power outages was also related the fire.

Officials in League City tweeted that a widespread power outage in their area is also related to the fire.



No injuries have been reported.

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