Sheriff's Office: 8-9 injured in Colonial Pipeline explosion in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. – Officials on the scene say eight to nine Colonial Pipeline subcontractors were working on the gas pipeline trying to flush out one of the lines when it exploded, Shelby County Sheriff Maj. Ken Burchfield confirmed. AL.com reports Colonial has now shut down both pipelines running through the area.

"The fire will not be out anytime soon," Burchfield added.

According to WIAT, several cleanup units are on the scene. Birmingham fire is providing foam. At least seven people were injured in the explosion and some are believed to be severely burned. A UAB Hospital spokesman confirmed three patients were flown to UAB in the afternoon, three more were coming by ambulance and one more was coming by air, according to our news partner AL.com.

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Flames shoot into the sky from a gas line explosion in western Shelby County, Alabama, U.S., October 31, 2016. 

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A helicopter flies through a plume of smoke from a Colonial Pipeline explosion, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Smoke rises into the sky from a gas line explosion in western Shelby County, Alabama, U.S., October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Light from a light pole shows a house near a plume of smoke from a Colonial Pipeline explosion, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A fire truck drives on River Road near the scene of an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham.

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A plume of smoke rises from the site of an explosion on the Colonial Pipeline on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Flames shoot into the sky from a gas line explosion in western Shelby County, Alabama, U.S., October 31, 2016.

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An Alabaster firefighter walks near the scene of an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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(WHNT) Gov. Robert Bentley said the explosion happened about a mile west of the spot where the pipeline burst last month. That rupture led to gasoline shortages across the South.

In addition to the injured victims, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said there's a possibility that two workers are still missing. The heat from the blaze, he said, is hindering the search for them. Flames are still reaching about 50 feet in the air.

AL.com says according to radio reports, at least 10 acres are on fire.

Colonial Pipeline says in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after an explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. The Georgia-based company said in the brief statement Monday evening that its top priorities are the health and safety of its work crews at the scene and protecting the public. The company's statement did not address how Monday's explosion might affect the availability of gasoline and said more information would be released as it becomes available.

The Alabama Forestry Commission reports there are a total of three wildfires as a result of the explosion. Officials say no structures are directly threatened at this time. The Forestry Commission has three bulldozers and eight firefighters on the scene.

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