Fire, Blast at UT Gas Collection Facility

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 04:07 PM gHale

Two people suffered injuries in fire at a Grand County, Utah, natural gas collection facility Saturday morning, officials said.

Grand County Sheriff’s Office got the call there was an explosion at a gas facility at approximately 2 miles north of I-70 off the 214 Exit in Grand County.

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Two victims were transported by medical helicopters to hospitals in Utah and Colorado with unknown injuries, officials said.

“We had a report of two individuals that were hurt, we had three helicopters respond to the location,” said Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamison Wiggins.

The condition of the injured is unknown, Wiggins said. One was transported by a medical helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The other was flown to University Hospital in Salt Lake City.

“It’s an ongoing investigation at the plant right now as to what caused the explosion,” Wiggins said. “But it is a collection facility.”

Police have not released the name of the facility.

“It’s not a pumping station,” Wiggins said. “Usually the gas lines go to the station and then they collect gas.”

Wiggins said workers turned off the gas line shortly after the explosion at 10:15 a.m., but they have yet to go inside.

“There’s no visible flame anymore because they shut off the emergency valve,” he said.

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