A small explosion occurred on Thursday at a welding company on the 3900 block of East Highway 44.

An employee was welding a toolbox onto a diesel tank when the explosion happened, said Alice Fire Department Capt. Armando Tunchez.

Alice Fire Department rushed to the company at approximately 4:30 p.m. however, the fire had been extinguished before their arrival.

The welder believes he was hit with something, but had no physical injuries, Tunchez stated. 

Several other people were in the shop but not injured. Damage was limited to the toolbox and tank, according to Tunchez. 

Paramedics were also at the scene.