An official directing traffic at the fire scene indicated the fire came under control around 7 p.m. Monday. Firefighters continued to pour foam on the area for some time afterwards. A 7News crew at the scene saw additional supplies of liquid foam retardant being moved away from the fire scene.
Chesapeake Energy press representatives told 7News the fire occurred at their pad site, and that a services provider, FTS International, had equipment damaged in that fire. The press representatives referred further comment to FTS International.
According to the FTS International corporate website, the company began in 2002 as drilling companies began to develop natural gas in the Barnett Shale. The website explains the company specializes in "well stimulation services" to increase recovery rates "from wells drilled in shale and other unconventional reservoirs."
This is the second industrial accident in less than a month involving crews employed by FTS International. On April 1, a crane truck operated by the company overturned on West Virginia Route 88 in Marshall County, blocking the highway for hours. Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil told 7News at the scene the driver traveled at an unsafe speed for that section of road, and that type of vehicle. FTS International was previously known as FracTech, LLC.
At 9 p.m. Monday, FTS International released the following statement concerning the fire:
"FTS International (FTSI) equipment used for well completions was damaged in a fire at a West Virginia well site on April 8. No one was injured in the incident. Personnel working on the site followed proper procedures and evacuated the location. The fire began about 5 p.m. EDT at what is known as the Hervey well site, located in Brooke County, West Virginia. The incident is currently under investigation.
"We are grateful to Brooke County firefighters for their assistance in extinguishing the fire so quickly," said FTSI Director of Corporate Communications Pam Percival.
Firefighters in Brooke County are battling a fire on Gentile Ridge in Wellsburg.
A row of trucks is on fire on a Chesapeake Well site that is not active right now.
Brooke County Emergency Management Director Bob Fowler said they are getting water to the site , and the fire is almost under control.
Residents said you could see the smoke for miles.