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Marshall County Pipeline Explosion Results in Fire

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Multiple agencies in Marshall County spent Saturday morning on the scene of a pipeline explosion.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said a hillside slip caused a 12-inch line to rupture between Waymans Ridge and Middle Creek.

Hart specified it is a Williams Energy-owned pipeline that feeds into the Oak Grove facility, and was not a well fire or explosion.

As of 9:30 a.m., Hart said the problem had been isolated and shut down.

"It was able to burn out which actually occurred fairly quickly, within the first couple hours of the incident. If it would have been a well site incident, then we would be looking at several days to a couple weeks in order for that to be extinguished," Hart said.

No injuries are reported.

Authorities believe the moving earth could have caused the rupture, but the investigation is still ongoing.

"Right now they believe it may have been some sort of small landslide, a slip in the hillside that caused the pipeline to rupture. So they will, Williams, will be investigating that to see what actually caused the pipeline to rupture," said Hart.

Williams Energy released the following statement after the fire had been contained and put out: "The cause is under investigation. Williams appreciates local first responders for their rapid response and teamwork. Williams is evaluating operations to ensure minimal impact to the customers."

6 homes were evacuated as a precaution at the request of Williams. Shelters are set up in Glen Dale and Cameron, but most evacuated residents went to relatives' homes.

Early Sunday morning, Tom Hart gave the residents the all clear to return to their homes. County Road 34 Middle Grave Creek Road also reopened.

Crews from Limestone, Moundsville, Cameron, Fork Ridge, Sherrard, Mt. Olivet, and Washington Lands all responded. The Marshall County Tanker Task Force was also activated.

Cameron and Tri-State EMS crews responded.

According to Hart, Middle Grave Creek Road is currently closed.

7News has a crew on the scene, stay with WTRF.com throughout the day for updates.