Natural gas pipeline fire near Borger extinguished

Published: Apr. 13, 2015 at 3:57 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2015 at 7:51 PM CDT
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Hutchinson, Co. - A natural gas pipeline explosion in Hutchinson County caused a fire that is now extinguished.

Crews were called to County Road K between FM 1923 and County Road 4 at around 10:30 Monday morning.

Cari Richards with the Hutchinson County Emergency Services says several emergency departments were called to the scene to help put out the blaze.

"The City of Borger Fire Department, Hutchinson Fire Department, Hutchinson County Emergency Responders, TX-DOT, Phillips 66 Fire Department, The National Park Service" says Richards.

There were no injuries and no damage to the property from the fire, but one home was voluntarily evacuated.

The location of the explosion helped crews keep it contained.

"The explosion did occur in an area of the field that was well plowed. So we did have the perimeter around the field being monitored and there was never an uncontrolled fire" says Richards.

The pipeline is owned by Kinder-Morgan, a large energy infrastructure company.

The cause is still under investigation.
Updates from the Hutchinson County LEPC Emergency Notification:

2:30 p.m. UPDATE: The natural gas pipeline in Hutchinson County that had caught fire is now extinguished. Again there were no injuries, and no damage to property. Excellent job done by all first responders. All units are being released from the scene.
UPDATE: At approximately 10:30am there was a pipeline explosion south of County Rd K between FM1923 and County Rd 4. We are in the process of identifying the owner and getting the pipeline blocked in. No injuries with 1 voluntary evacuation of a single family residence. No threat to the community at this time. Fire is in a plowed field. Incident Commander is Alan Wells of the Stinnett Fire Dept., who is running unified command with Hutchinson County and all other agencies on scene. Cause is under investigation and we will update with more information in approximately one hour .
Update on explosion near Herring Water Station and County Rd K. This area is in the northwestern portion of Hutchinson County off Hwy 152. County Road 1923 has been closed by the Incident Commander at this time to allow first responders to work safely. There have been NO INJURIES reported at this time.
11:05 a.m. There is a report of a pressurized gas line that has exploded in the northwest portions of Hutchinson County, near Herring Water Station and County Road K. Emergency crews are in route and some are on scene. Traffic is being stopped and re-directed near Hwy 152 until further information can be gathered. At this time there is no impact or threat to the community.

Source: Hutchinson County LEPC Emergency Notification