Officials Applaud Quick Response to Well Fire

The investigation continues into a fire at a Chesapeake Energy well site outside of Wellsburg.

At the time of the fire, the site was being operated by FTS International, a service provider specializing in well completion. Luckily, no one was injured but there was significant damage to the site.

Crews from all over the county and even as far as Washington, Pennsylvania responded to get the fire under control in 45 minutes, something Brooke County EMA Director Bob Fowler is very proud of.

"Of course I'm kind of prejudiced towards our fire departments in the county. I think they're the best in the state. And yesterday they really showed that on that incident they had a quick response. It was a very professional grouping and they did a very good job getting the fire under control quickly. It could've been much worse than it was," says Fowler.

Franklin Community VFD Chief Larry Palmer estimates the damage to be around $8 million. That includes the tractor trailers and hydraulic fracking pumps.

According to Palmer, witnesses believe a hydraulic line off of a pump had ruptured, spilling fluid onto a hot exhaust causing the fire to start and spread rapidly from one rig to the next.

Crews were able to contain the fire to five out of the six trucks and save the rest of the equipment.


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