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Route 2 closed south of Wellsburg after natural gas fire

BEECH BOTTOM — State Route 2 between Wellsburg and Beech Bottom was closed Monday evening following a natural gas fire that occurred while crews were working on the retaining wall for the Wellsburg-Brilliant bridge.

Mike Witherow, district construction engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said crews were drilling along the hillside when they released a pocket of natural gas.

He said no one was harmed and the fire eventually subsided.

Witherow said crews called for help as a precaution, and several local fire departments responded.

He said late Monday the section of highway was expected to remain closed at least the night while the situation was monitored.

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