A hot oiler truck and a frack tank offloading product were the cause of an explosion Thursday on Fairgrounds Road in southeast Midland.
Chief Charles Blumenauer of the Midland Fire Department said a fire engine responding to the scene also caught fire after the initial incident. A hose disconnected from the hot oiler and spilled fluid, causing a rolling fire under MFD Engine 3, he said.
One person was injured and transferred to Midland Memorial Hospital, Blumenauer said. Crews had nearly extinguished the fire as of 1 p.m. Thursday.
Surrounding businesses were initially evacuated and part of Fairgrounds Road had been closed to traffic, but Blumenauer said all businesses and roads would be reopened. He said there is no chance of more explosions.
“It’s just an industrial accident that happened to have an explosion,” he said. “They tend to happen, probably a little more frequently in our region than in other regions, because we are an oil and gas field.”