Explosion And Fire Destroys Five ECUA Trucks At Natural Gas Fueling Station, Damages Others

February 15, 2021

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority says the fire and explosion Sunday afternoon at compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Pine Forest Road destroyed at least five sanitation trucks.

Spokesperson Nathalie Bowers told NorthEscambia.com that damage to another 2-3 trucks is being evaluated, and about a half dozen have other damage such as broken windshields.

There are about 50 CNG powered sanitation and recycling trucks in the ECUA fleet.

Bowers said there will be no impacts to ECUA collections on Monday on Pensacola Beach, and likely no serious impacts to Tuesday collections in the North Escambia area or service for the rest of the week.

The CNG fueling station is operated by Pensacola Energy.

There were no injuries.

RELATED STORY: Explosion, Fire Reported At Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station On Pine Forest Road

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15 Responses to “Explosion And Fire Destroys Five ECUA Trucks At Natural Gas Fueling Station, Damages Others”

  1. Christine West on February 17th, 2021 6:56 pm

    This was a very frightening explosion. I live close, & felt it in inside my home, as did others, 2 miles away. Scary situations, as I live so close to the sure.

    This could’ve been much worse, as there’re businesses in close bnb proximity. Hopefully there’s a plan in place to safeguard this type of mishap in the future.

  2. Just the Facts on February 16th, 2021 12:57 am

    “ Who is ECUA?

    The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) was originally created under the name Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981 by an Act of the Florida Legislature to own, manage, finance, promote, improve and expand the water and wastewater systems of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola. In 1992, ECUA began offering sanitation services in Escambia County. On June 29, 2004, ECUA’s name was officially changed to Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.

    ECUA is a local governmental body, existing under the laws of the State of Florida. The powers of ECUA are exercised by a five-member Board. Each Board member is elected in one of the five County electoral districts. Terms are four years and are staggered.”

  3. PS on February 15th, 2021 2:09 pm

    Poor David…you need to learn your history and stop looking like an idiot.
    The County Commission with the help of the FL legislature created the ECUA so that they would not have to deal with the problems that they were having with utilities. I remember when that happened. There is now a move afoot to abolish the ECUA because they are, well Most everyone knows what they are, and have the County Commission take back over that responsibility. You Are the one who needs to move out of eSCAMbia county and go back where you came from. Learn your History before you post.

  4. Suzie B on February 15th, 2021 12:07 pm

    I’m curious how it actually happened. I hope they give more explanations once they know. That was a big rumble that was felt quite a ways from it. So very thankful no one was hurt. Great job to all emergency personnel.

  5. David on February 15th, 2021 11:37 am

    @ Paul Spencer

    If your so depressed and having your fingers hurt from all the pointing….LEAVE ESCAMBIA COUNTY . We will help you move and be happy

    Buy a new set of crystal balls or pack of tea leaves.
    There is really something wrong with your life. Seriously!!!!!
    God Bless

  6. Resident on February 15th, 2021 11:34 am

    “ECUA is eSCAMbia County, NOT City.”

    You are wrong again. I didn’t say ECUA was city. I said the fueling station belongs to the city and it does. ECUA does not belong to Escambia County. Period. The county has no ownership or control of ECUA.

  7. John on February 15th, 2021 11:01 am

    Doesn’t matter, this is green energy. Diesel is bad,bad,bad. Like Orange man bad.
    If they were lithium powered they would have burned to the ground. And you can’t use water to put the fire out because is causes a violent reaction. Probably would have burned up the entire yard. If they were Diesel fire would have probaby been confined to just the one truck.

  8. PS on February 15th, 2021 10:03 am

    ECUA is eSCAMbia County, NOT City. Maybe you should get your facts straight. Maybe you should take your own advise concerning foot.

  9. A alex on February 15th, 2021 9:51 am

    Should have been practicing social distancing…..
    ECUA brought their ELLISON FLEAT of trucks to that location a month ago. DONT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN THE SAME BASKET!!!!!!!!!

  10. Mr.Metoo on February 15th, 2021 9:20 am

    @ Paul…Pilots are trained so crashes don’t happen. Know who to blame or blame no one.

  11. Emily Fouche' on February 15th, 2021 9:12 am

    So glad no one was hurt. Just wondering if it was actually one of the garage trucks that exploded and started the fire or the actual pumping station. Either way it’s bad and could have been a lot worse.

  12. Oversight on February 15th, 2021 7:12 am

    Can you say ECUA rate increase because of negligence? Sure you can. Eye roll.

  13. 429SCJ on February 15th, 2021 6:00 am

    Stay Grounded

  14. Reader on February 15th, 2021 1:38 am

    “Put the blame squarely on the County commissioners”

    And how is it the county commissioners fault? The CNG gas station is operated by the city of Pensacola. The trucks are operated by ECUA (which not Escambia County)

    So did the county commissioner head out there with a match? You might want to know the facts before you open mouth (insert foot)

  15. Paul Spencer on February 15th, 2021 1:06 am

    I’ve been trained in fueling CNG vehicles on a commercial level. That is not supposed to happen. Glad no one was hurt. Put the blame squarely on the County commissioners. Jail, EMS, bugging county administrators office, and now this, plus no telling what else that does not make the news. Cost cutting and no training is out of control. Pity poor eSCAMbia County.

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