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Four homes still evacuated near Milford gas explosion

Four homes nearest an Ellis County natural gas explosion remained evacuated on Sunday as crews remained on the scene.

Most residents of Milford returned home Saturday for the first time, but those who live closest to the explosion site spent another day away from home.

Accommodations are being provided for those who remain evacuated, Chevron officials said Sunday in an email.

The pipeline, carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded Thursday morning near Milford, a town of about 730 people roughly 60 miles southeast of Fort Worth.

A Chevron crew was working at the site when the 10-inch pipeline exploded. Five workers were immediately evacuated; no injuries were reported.

The blast site is near U.S. 77 and Farm Road 308, and the explosion sent a steady stream of thick, black smoke across the sky that was seen as far away as Ennis and Waxahachie.

In a weekend news release, Chevron officials said a small residual fire at the site has been isolated. Crews began using flares to eliminate remaining gas in a nearby 14-inch pipeline.