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Fuel Barges Explode

Two fuel barges near Mobile, Alabama, close to the renown Carnival Triumph, exploded this Wednesday, resulting in two severe fires aboard. This explosion and subsequent fires resulted in critical burn injuries of 3 individuals who were on board the barge at the time of the incident. Fire and rescue officials at the scene of the incident let the flames burn through the night.

U.S. Coast Guard officials and firefighter responders share that they received the call about the explosion around 8:30 p.m. after the explosion which took place on two oil barges. Responders arrived at the scene, and about an hour later, a third explosion occurred at the scene, followed by another three over the next several hours.

Reports from the scene also show that the Carnival Triumph cruise line was moored for repairs on the other side of the river, and the workers living on the ship for the repairs have been evacuated.