Coast Guard: Spark from cleaning caused explosion

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A crew that was cleaning fuel barges in Mobile Bay likely caused a spark the triggered an explosion and critically burned three workers.
   
The explosion happened Wednesday night and it was extinguished Thursday morning.
   
Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen says the investigation is continuing, but the spark from cleaning the barges likely caused it.
   
The explosion forced the evacuation of workers from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship across the river. The ship has been docked there for repairs since it broke down in the Gulf of Mexico in February and had to be towed back to port.

Earlier story:

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A large fire that began with explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala., is burning into Thursday morning after injuring three people.
   
U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said shortly before dawn Thursday that the cause of the fire is under investigation.
   
Firefighters from Mobile and Coast Guard officials responded after 8:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday to a pair of explosions involving the gas barges in an area of the Mobile River east of downtown, authorities said. Additional explosions followed over the next few hours.
   
Authorities say three people were brought to University of South Alabama Medical Center after suffering burn-related injuries.

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