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Louisiana pipeline blast kills one, injures five

13 February 2017

A fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis has been put out, officials said on February 13, days after an explosion injured five workers and left another missing. The missing worker is presumed dead, Phillips 66 said. 

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"Once the area is safe to access, the St. Charles Parish Coroner's office will begin their investigation," Phillips 66 said in an update. The explosion and resulting fire were first reported on February 8.. The fire had been burning since then.

The company said six workers - three Phillips 66 employees and three contract workers - were cleaning the pipeline when the explosion happened. Two of the contract workers were taken to St. Anne Hospital in Raceland with burns, and one was later flown to a burn unit in Baton Rouge, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said. The other has since been released from the hospital. Three others were treated at the scene, officials said.

The missing worker had been working as a pipeliner for eight years.

Paradis is about 30 minutes west of New Orleans.

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