Well pad fire reported

WELLSBURG — Area firefighters were called to a natural gas well pad near Stanley Lane and Genteel Ridge after receiving reports of lightning hitting a storage tank containing material involved with hydraulic fracturing.

Bob Fowler, Brooke County director of emergency management, said the blaze was extinguished in less than two hours due in part to the efforts of firefighters from Franklin Community, McKinleyville and other departments and a mechanism on the tank that released pressure to prevent it from exploding.

Fowler said several homes on nearby Hervey and Churchman lanes were evacuated as a precaution.

He said the fire departments, the county’s ambulance service and the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department were at the scene within 15 minutes after the fire was reported.

Tanker trucks from various departments also were called to provide water because there is no hydrant in the rural area where the pad is located.

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