"In total, six people have been transported from the scene to a hospital", Rocha said. "The scene is very active, it's still ongoing. Firefighters are trying to put the fire out".
First responders said the fire was caused after a freight-carrying barge hit a pipeline at the port of Corpus Christi.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statement on the explosion in the port.
Statement on pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi: pic.twitter.com/Uy9TG9D2Or— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 21, 2020
Photos and videos of the incident have emerged on social media platforms.
Smoke and flames are seen at the International Grain Port Terminal, Friday, Aug 21, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Corpus Christi Police Fire Department Deputy Chief Billy Breedlove said a pipeline exploded after a barge in the water hit it. pic.twitter.com/wXwgODWCRF— annierice_photo (@annierice_photo) August 21, 2020
The US Coast Guard said in a press release that a team is searching for four missing crew members who were on the boat that hit the pipeline.