SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Seven victims of a petroleum gas line explosion have been transported to UAB hospital. A massive plume of smoke is filling the skyline after a major gas line has exploded near Helena.
Two have arrived, five other are in route to the hospital. Our reporter Brittany Bivins is outside UAB now.
Fire units are on the scene of the explosion, according to McAdory Fire Station #2. Alagasco has stated that the fire is from a petroleum line.
CBS42’s Michael Oder is on the scene, about two miles from the explosion site. He says there is a massive response of fire and law enforcement crews.
The explosion took place near 334 Highway 13. At this time, a response team has been called in from Jefferson County as well as a tanker from the McAdory Fire Department.
Vestavia Hills Fire Department has also arrived on the scene, along with Shelby County’s Sheriff’s Department, Birmingham Fire and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Montevallo Fire Department is assisting with the blaze as well with Helena Police.
The Alabama Forestry Commission is sending a crew to contain the woods portion of the fire.
UAB has received five patients associated with the explosion who arrived by LifeFlight helicopter. At this time, there is no word on their condition, but CBS42 has learned that they are being treated for burns.
Helena police are stating that there was an explosion in the Shelby County Jurisdiction, and that no Helena residents are in danger.
Travel is not being impacted to students who get dropped off on County Road 13, according to the transportation director with Shelby County schools.
Fires have started as a result of the explosion. We have multiple crews headed to the scene now.