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Fuel barges explode, causing large fire in Ala.

3:20 AM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A seventh blast has rocked the scene of a large fire that began with explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala.

The latest explosion occurred around 2 a.m. CDT Thursday. The situation is so unstable that officials are letting the fire burn into the night.

Authorities responded after 8:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday to a pair of explosions involving the gas barges in an area of the Mobile River east of downtown.

In an email, Mobile Fire and Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman wrote that as they were responding, a third explosion occurred around 9:30 p.m. Additional explosions followed over the next few hours.

Authorities say three people were transported to University of South Alabama Medical Center after suffering burn-related injuries. Huffman identified them as workers with Oil Recovery Co.

Associated Press

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