One man was injured with second or third degree burns and was transported by Methodist AirCare helicopter to the San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment to his injuries. The man is 38-years-old and a resident of Gonzales.
The site is owned by Gulf Coast Acquisitions and nine of the ten tanks that were on site storing a mixture of oil and saltwater exploded in a chain reaction, according to information from Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva.
Karnes City, Kenedy, Gillett and Nixon fire departments responded and the fire was brought under control within a few hours. State Highway 80 between Gillett and Nixon and Farm-to-Market 199 between Gillett and Yorktown were both shut down for several hours.
Villanueva said it remains unknown what might have caused the tanks to explode but the Railroad Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are expected to fully investigate the accident.
An environmental clean-up company, which has been hired by Gulf Coast Acquisitions, is on site at work on the clean-up operation.
More information on this accident will be posted as it becomes available.