No injuries in fire at Pa. gas well site

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MERCER (AP) – Two storage tanks at a natural gas well site in northwestern Pennsylvania caught fire and exploded, but no injuries were reported.


More than a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze in rural Jefferson Township at about 8 p.m. Friday. That’s about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.


Hilcorp Energy Co. said storage tanks holding oil and gas liquids caught fire at the well pad and the blaze lasted less than an hour. Hilcorp said the well wasn’t involved.


Area residents say they heard explosions and that black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away, but no homes were evacuated. The state Department of Environmental Protection closed a local road to all nonemergency vehicles.


Hilcorp says the cause of the fire is being investigated.


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