Six people were injured in an oil tank explosion Friday morning at an oil well storage facility on Virlilia Road in Flora, a Madison County fire official said.

“We had six injured with burns, two were transported by helicopter and four by ambulances,” said Minor Norman Madison County fire coordinator.

Norman said the two people transported by air ambulance were seriously injured.

The call came in at approximately 7:50 a.m. Friday and upon arrival, they learned a fiberglass oil tank with approximately 33,000 gallons had exploded, Norman said.

“They had changed out two tanks and replaced them with new fiberglass tanks and one of the tanks this morning … had blown up and is no longer here,” Norman said.

First responders from Flora, Madison County, Gluckstadt, Kearney Park and the City of Madison responded to the scene, Norman said. The scene was under control at 9:02 a.m.

This is a developing story, and it will be updated as more information is available.

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