ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- While crews monitor a fire still burning at the Colonial Pipeline explosion site, local city officials are monitoring their respective municipality fuel supplies, keeping in mind first responder vehicles.
A fire is still burning at the gasoline pipeline nearly two days after an explosion killed a worker and injured five others. Officials with the Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. say the flame at the accident site southwest of Birmingham is significantly smaller than it had been.
Meanwhile local officials in Albertville are monitoring the city's fuel supply that services the city's fire and police departments. "We're keeping an eye on it," Purchasing Director Michael Brewer explains, "We're not extremely concerned. We stay in touch with our suppliers. The current situation hasn't really created an issue for us. All of our first responders, they do take priority.
Brewer says the city's fuel supply is scheduled for a top-off Wednesday, which he says should keep the city in the green for the upcoming days.
Brewer says as a municipality, Albertville gets priority. Within that, police, fire and other emergency responders are at the top of the list. "We do want all of our first responders to be fueled up first, and we send them all down to make sure, fire trucks, police officers, everybody's fueled up just in case the worst does happen."
If that worst happens -- a lack of fuel -- there's a plan in place. "We would have to start prioritizing at that time, but currently we don't expect that to be an issue," Brewer says.
Repairs on the pipeline can`t begin until the fire is out and the area cools down. Crews hope to repair the pipeline as early as this weekend to avoid a gas shortage.
The company says as much as 168,000 gallons of gasoline could have burned, spilled, evaporated or remained in the pipeline following the blast Monday afternoon.