After about 30 minutes, the fire was extinguished and the reference to the existing shelter was lifted, according to the deputy fire chief Randy Paige of the Corpus Christi fire department.
“The pipe was identified and bled until the fire itself was extinguished around 10 a.m.,” Paige said.
There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still being investigated, Paige said. It is not immediately clear to which gas company the gas pipeline belongs.
According to the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Twitter page, police have closed Interstate 37 in both directions and advised residents of the area to seek “shelter” as flames spurted from the cracked gas pipe.
“PD turns off IH 37 in both directions between Port and Up River Road. Please be careful and use a different route if possible,” one of the tweets read.
The video of the scene showed that other structures near the fire also caught fire.