March 03–An explosion at a trucking yard in southern Eddy County caused authorities to divert traffic on U.S. Highway 285, Saturday, as emergency personnel investigated the cause of the fire.
Lt. Matt Hutchinson with the Eddy County Sherriff’s Office said materials at Triple T’s trucking yard ignited at about 8:30 a.m., near the corner of U.S. 285 and Brantley Road.
No injuries were reported about an hour after the incident, Hutchinson said, as fire crews worked to extinguish the fire.
He said initial reports indicated the explosion did not involve any extraction infrastructure in the area, and was likely caused by flammable chemicals on the property.
“My understanding is there were some explosions, but they weren’t related to oil and gas,” Hutchinson said. “It looks like some chemicals combusted.”
A portion of 285 was shut down, while motorists were asked to find alternate routes in the area.
Investigators were working to find the cause of the fire, Hutchinson said.
The Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Carlsbad Fire Department, Eddy County Office of Emergency Management and up to eight volunteer fire agencies responded to the blaze, Hutchinson said.
“It’s a substantial incident right now,” he said. “It’s on a major highway. Any incident like that, we want to make sure no one is hurt before we go in and try to extinguish it.”
Triple T’s contains numerous operations involving the oil and gas industry, including trucking, frac ponds and secondary containment.
Hutchinson said multiple properties related to the business were affected by the fire.
“It’s a big business that is involved,” he said. “It involved multiple properties.”
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