Two Workers Die in Gas Blast

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Two workers died from injuries sustained in an explosion at the Eureka Hunter Pipeline natural gas operation near Wick, WV, in Tyler County April 11.

Raymond Miller, 43, of Jeanette, PA, died Monday at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh from injuries suffered in the blast.

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The other worker killed was 56-year-old Bruce Phipps of Marietta, Ohio, who died late Friday night, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s department has not received any information on the condition of the third victim of the blast. The investigation is ongoing.

Authorities have said the incident was an explosion at a compressor station. But Eureka’s parent, Magnum Hunter Resources, says it was a flash fire at a “pig receiving station.” Pigs are devices that clean out or inspect pipelines.

Magnum officials said initial reports indicate natural gas liquids ignited in tanks during “pigging” operations and fueled the fire.

Magnum said the victims were contractors.

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