One missing, two injured in Paradis pipeline explosion

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UPDATE: One person is missing after an intense fire at a pipeline in Paradis.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said six people were working at the Phillips 66 pipeline when the fire started. It's near U.S. 90. Two of the five who are accounted for are injured, one of them with severe injuries. That worker was airlifted to a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

Three of the workers are Phillips employees. The other three are contractors.

There was a loud boom and an explosion.

The sheriff says 60 homes have been evacuated. It's a highly flammable, volatile liquid that's burning, but he says there's no danger to let the fire burn off.

A shelter is set up at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center.  The people who had to leave their homes will have to stay the night at the shelter.

The cause of the fire is unknown.  They have shut off the source of the fire, but it could be hours or days before it stops burning.

"It's a loud, scary fire, but it's going to have to burn off," he said. "We'll be here at least through the night."

DEQ is on scene.

The workers were cleaning the pipeline when the fire started.

"It's a large blowtorch at this point in time," Champagne said.

It could be burning anywhere from several hours to days.

The pipeline carries natural gas.

PARADIS, La. (WGNO) - The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office confirms there's a fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline in Paradis near the Williams-Discovery natural gas plant.

U.S. 90 and La. 631 are shut down in both directions from Bayou Gauche Road to JB Green. Traffic is being diverted.

Residents in that area have been asked to evacuate.

The general public is not advised to take any protective measures at this time.

Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.

We have a crew en route.

It's unknown whether there are injuries.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for evacuees at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center at  274 Judge Edward Parkway in Luling.