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UPDATE: Fish Kill Could Be Tied to Well Fire

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UPDATE 6/30/2014 4:40 PM

Some serious environmental effects that could be tied an oil well fire in Monroe County.

The Saturday fire burned for hours and evacuated several homes.

Now a fish kill reported in a creek near the site of the fire.

The state is investigating.

The Ohio Environmental Council deputy director says the kill spanned a few miles.

There are no details about the fish kill or whether it was related to the fire.

Authorities say a tubing malfunction led to a well pad fire that spread to about 20 trucks on the pad and set off the explosions.


UPDATE: 6/29/2014 11:00 PM

Residents of Long Ridge road in Monroe county have returned home after Saturday's explosion.

While there were no reported injuries, many of the families say it was a traumatic experience.

"First I thought it was a storm, then I came out and saw the black smoke, and it sounded like a forth of July event a little early," said David Dye.

Dye and his family have lived in the area for decades.

He says things have changed since the oil company moved in.

"If I'd have known what I know now, I wish they would've never came around. They more or less seem to think they can run all over anybody and nobody has to say a word, but if that would've ignited those wells on the hill, they say it would've taken out New Martinsville.

Other families say the're just grateful.

"We're just thankful no one was hurt. A house can be rebuilt. But somebody's life can't," said Angie VanCamp, another long-time resident.

The wind blew the fire in the opposite direction, so the no one was hurt and the town is recovering.

Investigators have not yet commented on what's next for the company, or the people who live nearby.


Around 10:30 Saturday morning, the Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office said that a well pad site was on fire.

The sheriff's office and state troopers evacuated 20-plus homes along Long Ridge Rd. near Hannibal.

Workers were also evacuated. They say the fire started when a vehicle went up in flames. It quickly spread from there.

Crews worked for hours to contain the fire. The smoke could be seen for miles

The wind blew the fire in the opposite direction of the oil well itself.

At last report around 6 p.m. Saturday, crews were still battling the fire. Investigators haven't released any information since then.


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