November 21, 2019 / 7:04 PM / 17 days ago

Fire erupts at Midland, Tx oilfield operations, injures one -reports

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Midland, Texas, firefighters responded to an explosion and fire on Thursday involving several storage tanks and a truck used in oilfield operations, local media reported.

One worker at the facility has been injured in connection with the blaze, which firefighters first responded to at about 10:30 a.m. CST (1630 GMT), CBS7 news reported.

A hot oiler truck, which is used to remove wax deposits from oil wells, and four or five frac tanks that typically hold water or proppant were engulfed in the flames, the news station reported. A firefighter truck also caught fire after fuel spilled onto the ground and spread the blaze, it reported.

It was not immediately clear who owns the tanks. City, county and emergency officials were not available for comment.

Businesses and homes within about a half-mile of the fire have been evacuated, KCBD, an NBC-affiliate, reported.

Midland, Texas is one of the most active oil producing areas in the United States. It lays claim to a part of the Permian basin, the largest U.S. shale basin. (Reporting by Collin Eaton, Laila Kearney and Devika Krishna Kumar Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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