MARTINSVILLE (JG-TC) — One injured employee was transported Monday from the scene of an explosion and fire at the local Marathon Pipeline facility, according to a police press release.
At 9:32 a.m., an explosion and active fire was reported at the Marathon Pipeline facility west of Martinsville, the release stated. The fire was extinguished by crews responding from Martinsville Fire Protection District and Casey Fire Department.
The employee’s injuries are non-life-threatening, police said.
The incident involved the explosion of a crude oil product at a below-grade sump during maintenance activities, the report stated. The container’s purpose is to allow equipment to drain petroleum-based products in the sump for containment. The product is pumped to another storage location on the premises.
The source of ignition of Monday’s fire is unknown at this time, police said.
Martinsville police, Casey police, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Emergency Management Agency responded to assist with the incident.