UPDATE: Evacuation of Bens Run area lifted after natural gas tank fire in Tyler County

TYLER COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 5/26/19 10:30 A.M.

In a press release from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Tom Cooper of Tyler County Emergency Management, reports that the natural gas storage tank fire in the Bens Run area of Tyler County was extinguished around 5:00 A.M. Sunday morning.

According to Samantha Norris, Dominion Energy Communication Specialist, the evacuation ordered by on-scene fire departments was lifted around midnight Sunday morning, allowing about 20 displaced Bens Run residents to return to their homes.

Officials also say Route 2 was reopened late Saturday night.

No injuries or personal property damage was reported.

The DHSEM release goes on to say that no product was released due to the fire.

“Working with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the local agencies assured the safety of the residents of Tyler County, “said DHSEM Director Michael Todorovich. “We are grateful to the Tyler County Office of Emergency Management and the first responders who acted quickly to put down this fire.”

UPDATE: 05/26/19 12:10 A.M.

Governor Justice has ordered all state resources necessary to fight the ongoing natural gas storage tank fire in Tyler County.

The governor has ordered the West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist with the fire.


UPDATE: 05/25/19 9:00 P.M.

Thomas Cooper, the Tyler County Office of Emergency Management, said fire departments on scene of the gasoline tank fire are now ordering the immediate evacuation of the Bens Run area of Tyler County.

The evacuation has been implemented in danger of an explosion.

Cooper said he does not know how long the evacuation notice will last.


UPDATE: 05/25/19 8:20 P.M.

Media Relations at Dominion Energy said a Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. gasoline tank in the Bens Run area of Tyler County caught fire at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The fire caused no injuries and officials believe it was caused by a lightning strike.

Dominion Energy officials describe how the fire became substantial.

“It has a floating roof, and the floating roof collapsed and the flames engulfed the tank. The tank held about 640,000 gallons of natural gas gasoline,” explains Bob Orndorff, the State Policy Director at Dominion Energy.

The Sistersville Fire Department is on scene attempting to extinguish flames.

All of the fuel is contained in the tank. The tank is surrounded by earthen dikes, which would prevent any gasoline from leaving the site in the case of a tank failure.

Dominion Energy says there is no threat to public safety.


ORIGINAL STORY: 05/25/19 7:00 P.M.

The Tyler County 911 Center confirms multiple fire departments are on scene of a fire in the Bens Run area.

That's all the information the 911 Center is releasing at this time.

There's no word yet on where the fire actually is or if there are any injuries.



 
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