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Natural Gas Pipeline Fire Near Somerville

A natural gas pipeline that caught fire near Somervile Wednesday morning remains under investigation.

The Burleson County sheriff’s office reports no one was hurt.

The fire, which was reported about 3 a.m., took almost six hours to get under control.

The Burleson County office of emergency management reported it took 11 hours to reopen the last of the county roads that were closed.

The cause of the fire is not known. The pipeline is owned by Dallas based Energy Transfer Partners.

Screen shot of text messages from the Burleson County office of emergency management, December 13, 2017.

Additional information from The Associated Press:

SOMERVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a natural gas pipeline fire in Central Texas in an early-morning blaze that could be seen for several miles.

The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office says nobody was hurt in the fire reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a rural site near Somerville, about 90 miles (144 kilometers) east of Austin.

The line is operated by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the affected section of pipeline was quickly shut and the fire safely burned itself out by Wednesday afternoon.

Granado says company officials are assessing the site and will make repairs. She says gas has been rerouted so there’s been minimal impact to deliveries.

Deputies closed a nearby road for several hours, as a precaution.

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Posted by on Dec 13 2017. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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