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Alabama fuel barge explosions injure three workers

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(CNN) —  A fire that sparked huge explosions and injured three workers on a pair of Mobile River barges is out, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Three workers who were preparing the barges for reloading Wednesday night were severely burned, according to Mobile fire officials.

They were in critical condition Thursday at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, according to a spokesman. Authorities don’t believe any workers are missing.

The barge was empty at the time of the initial explosion Wednesday night, but authorities believe a spark ignited vapors in it, causing an explosion that ignited a second barge, CNN affiliate WALA TVreported, citing Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen.

At least seven explosions rocked the barges, according to the Coast Guard.

At the Fort Conde Inn across the river they sounded like “planes above you dropping bombs,” general manager Alan Waugh told WALA Wednesday.

“We were up on a second floor balcony and the sky lit up in orange and yellow,” he said.

With the fire out, the Coast Guard has lifted the safety zone around the scene, allowing the shipping channel to reopen, the agency said in a news release.

The barges are moored across the river from the Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship that lost power in February and drifted in the Gulf of Mexico for days before being towed to Mobile for repairs.

At least 500 employees working on the ship were evacuated, Huffman said.

 

62 comments

  • Lamebird

    Who is Huffman??? Where does it make mention of this Huffman before the very end of the story? Can't people who write the news give us ALL the damned details? In an employers' market such as our current economy I can't help but think that you should try to be as informative as possible when giving facts gathered together and labeled 'news'. So I ask again, WHO IS HUFFMAN?

  • Wil

    If you want to have a lot of fun!!!!! Go on a Carnival cruise. I am have been on over 15 cruises on Carnival ships, including Europe and I absolutely love Carnival. Can't wait to get on the Breeze this year. No company would plan these kind of mishaps and I believe they are doing everything in the power to correct them. It's unfortunate, but Stuff happens and I don't plan to stop living and enjoying Carnival cruises.

    • Johnny

      This is so true if you like having fun,, go on a carnival cruise,,, if you go to bed by 10 am go on another cruise line that charges you more

  • Ellie

    I cruised on the Carnival Glory and had a wonderful time. and I had some of the best sleep that I have had in years on that ship. The waves just rocked me into LaLa Land

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