Huge Fuel Barge Fire Extinguished

MOBILE, Ala. (April 25, 2013)--A huge fire that resulted from explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala. has been extinguished, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said Thursday.

Huffman said the fire appeared to have been accidental.

The fire started Wednesday night.

Three people were severely burned.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said Thursday that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters from Mobile and Coast Guard officials responded just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after a pair of explosions involving the gas barges in the Mobile River east of downtown.

Additional explosions followed over the next few hours.

Authorities say three people were taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center for burn-related injuries.

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