VIDEO: TX Crews Extinguish Fire After Barges Collide

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Galveston County (TX) – Fire crews have put out a fire that broke out aboard a barge after it collided with another barge near Galveston.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick says two tugboats were pushing the barges early Monday morning near the Bolivar Peninsula when one of the boats lost power. The barge it was pushing then collided with the second barge.

A fire erupted on the barge carrying about a million gallons of the petroleum product naphtha. Crews extinguished the flames about four hours later, but Kendrick says it wasn’t immediately clear whether the petroleum leaked into the water.

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