Gas line fire in Noble County

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NOBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — First responders are on the scene of a gas line explosion on Smithberger Road Monday afternoon.

The fire department, United Ambulance and sheriff’s deputies are all on the scene. 

According to the Daily Jeffersonian, at least one person was injured and two homes are believed to have been destroyed.

A woman who lives seven miles from the scene of the explosion told the paper her house shook.

“Our house shook so bad things came off the walls,” said Trina Moore. “Pictures came off the wall and it shook for about 15 seconds, but it felt like forever. All of the neighbors ran outside.” 

The Texas Eastern Pipeline is operated by Enbridge. The company released the following statement Tuesday: 

Enbridge continues to respond to a natural gas pipeline rupture on its 30-inch Line 10 Texas Eastern Pipeline in Noble County, Ohio.

The incident occurred about two miles south of Summerfield, Ohio, at 10:40 a.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 21.

There was a fire, which has been extinguished. At this point we know of two individuals living nearby who suffered injuries. There were secondary fires that damaged three nearby homes. A 700-foot precautionary safety perimeter near the incident site is in effect, and the nearby road remains closed.

“On behalf of Enbridge, I want to express our concern for the two individuals who were injured, as well as all those affected by this incident,” said Bill Yardley, Enbridge Executive Vice President. “We thank the first responders for their efforts and we are working closely with them and other local officials to restore the incident site safely.”

We are working closely with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to identify cause, monitor repairs and evaluate environmental impacts.”

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