Fire out, evac over after gas pipeline rupture

Jul 18, 2012

INTRACOASTAL CITY — A rupture in a south Louisiana natural gas pipeline erupted into a fire that led to an evacuation and road closures.

State police say the rupture and fire were reported around 4 a.m. Wednesday in southern Vermilion Parish.

The area is sparsely populated. State police said only one residence was evacuated and two businesses were prevented from opening until the pipeline was shut down and the fire went out around 6:30 a.m.

The cause of the rupture was under investigation. State Trooper Stephen Hammons said Louisiana Highway 333 was closed for a time but re-opened once the fire was out.

No injuries were reported.