Two people died Friday morning when a shallow gas well caught fire in a wooded area with no nearby fire hydrants in Indiana Township, Allegheny County.
Firefighters sprayed chemical foam to douse the fire at the well site off Rich Hill Road. A red pool and buckets were set up in a nearby field so tanker trucks could refill with water.
On a 90-degree day, firefighters said the heat at the fire scene was so intense that their chemical spray is foaming and misting, causing a safety concern.
A person was welding when something happened to spark the fire, Humphreys said.
Huntley & Huntley is in the business of drilling and maintaining shallow gas wells, especially in eastern municipalities such as Penn Hills, Plum, Oakmont and Indiana Township.
The company recently got into Marcellus Shale drilling and has partnered with Texas-based Range Resources to drill a Marcellus well on Yutes Run Road in Frazer Township, not far from the site of Friday's explosion.
UPDATE: They just said on the 5:00 PM news on WTAE that they have to fly in experts from Texas to fix it. HUH?!