By Kaija Wilkinson
MOBILE, Ala., April 24 (Reuters) - Explosions on two barges in the Mobile River off the city's shore on Wednesday injured three people and rattled windows miles away, fire officials said.
The explosions and resulting fire forced authorities to evacuate nearby shipyards, the Mobile Fire and Rescue Department said on its Twitter page.
Mobile Fire Chief Steve Dean said that for safety reasons firefighters were keeping a distance from the barges, which had already been the source of multiple explosions.
'Everybody is just monitoring the situation right now,' he told reporters.
The three injured people were transported to a hospital, Mobile Fire and Rescue said on Twitter.
WALA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, reported the three people were listed in critical condition.
The station said the barge explosions and fires occurred near where Carnival Corp's Triumph cruise ship was moored. The Triumph made headlines in February when an engine fire left the ship and its 4,000 passengers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, until they were towed back to land.
(Reporting by Kaija Wilkinson; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Eric Walsh and Eric Beech) Keywords: USA BARGE/EXPLOSIONS
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