1 killed, 5 injured in Kentucky pipeline explosion

1 killed, 5 injured in Kentucky pipeline explosion

1 killed, 5 injured in Kentucky pipeline explosion

A gas explosion rocked the Kentucky community of Moreland early Thursday, leaving one person dead and setting at least six homes on fire, according to local authorities.

In this Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 photo provided by Naomi Hayes, a fire burns after an explosion near Junction City, Ky. The number of people evacuated was not immediately available. Emergency managers added that five are injured, and they are still accounting for people.

Officials say one person was killed in the explosion.

Emergency officials said the cause of the explosion is under investigation. Emergency crews have succeeded in shutting off the gas, reported local news channel WKYT.

"It was impressive. It's tragic". Local media said at least five others were injured in the blast.

As reported by WKYT, the Lincoln County Coroner's Office has confirmed one casualty from the explosion. USA 127 was closed in the area as a result, but crews have since partially reopened the road. At its peak, emergency managers estimated the flames to be 300 feet in the air. Several structures are on fire in the area of the Indian Camp Trailer Park.

"The part of the area that has been compromised, there's just nothing left", Gilliam said when asked whether residents might return to their trailer homes.

WKYT Massive explosion in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

"We're trying to get a head count", Folger said, adding that about five homes had caught fire and that firefighters were working to extinguish those blazes.

Purdy said the deputy's "courageous actions" may have prevented more deaths.

"It was hot. Look at the siding, and you could see it melting", Coulter said. "I have no idea what it happening but I'm miles away and it's massive".

Crews are assessing the damage during daylight hours. Railroad tracks in the area are destroyed.

Authorities said the rupture involved the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline, which is owned and operated by Enbridge.

The blast, in Moreland, a community about 40 miles (65 km) south of Lexington, was the second so far this year on Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc's Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline following an incident in OH in January that injured at least two people.

"Enbridge is aware of and is responding to a rupture on the Texas Eastern system in Lincoln County, Kentucky". Our first concern is for those impacted by this event and ensuring the safety of the community. Our teams are coordinating with first responders to secure the site.

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