Gilmer County wellpad fire extinguished quickly on Monday - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Gilmer County wellpad fire extinguished quickly on Monday

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.

A Monday morning fire at a Rubin Resources wellpad in the Normantown area of Gilmer County was extinguished within about an hour.

No one was injured, according to the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the call.

A Rubin Resources employee told WBOY-TV that underground oil and gas tanks caught fire during a maintenance operation at the well. Workers shut off the lines that lead to the tank and then put out the fire, the employee said.

The well is a conventional well already in production, not a Marcellus Shale well and not one currently or recently drilled.

According to the fire department, the flames rose to an estimated 100 feet in the air when the fire hit pockets of gas. The fire was contained to the wellpad and to a small brush fire just outside the wellpad.