Fire at saltwater disposal facility near Yorktown closes highway for hours

Fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Wednesday in DeWitt County

SAN ANTONIO – A fire at a saltwater disposal facility near Yorktown closed a highway for several hours in DeWitt County on Wednesday evening.

Officials said the fire was reported just before 6 p.m. near West Highway 72.

Firefighters closed the roadway after finding several grass fires in the area. Firefighters said they evetually chose to let the original fire at the disposal facility burn itself out.

An explosion of a tank occurred later that evening from the heat of the fire. Officials said crews worked overnight to monitor the flames.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. It will be investigated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission, fire officials said.

The highway eventually re-opened to traffic around 10 p.m. 

No one was hurt.

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