No Injuries in CO Oil Well Blast

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Investigators are looking into the cause of an oil well fire and explosion southeast of the Vestas plant in north Brighton, CO, Thursday.

It started shortly before 2:15 p.m. in the 13400 block of Weld County Road 4. The well belongs to Great Western Gas and Oil Co.

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Workers unloading items at the site reported an explosion, officials said. No one sustained any injuries. The fire was in three oil separators.

Crews worked with the oil company to put caps on the natural gas valves at the site before putting water on the fire, said fire district spokesperson Natalie Ridderbos.

Crews brought the fire under control quickly, Ridderbos said. As of 5 p.m., crews were using two master streams on the fire. The plan was to let the oil burn out.

Ridderbos said two workers were at the site when the fire broke out. Neither sustained any injuries, and Ridderbos said there were no evacuations of nearby homes.

Firefighters visited the same well for a burn Sept. 20. Ridderbos said investigators will work with operators and regulators to figure out why this happened a second time.

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