Monroe County crews worked for hours battling a blaze at a well pad site. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
As reporters approached they quickly learned that they couldn’t get close to the sight. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Officers were evacuating residents who live on Long Ridge Road. About 20-25 homes were evacuated.
Workers who were on the pad say the fire started from a vehicle going up in flames, and the fire spread from there. Crews worked for hours making sure they could contain the fire from catching the Oil Well itself, and workers told us mother nature was helping, because the wind was blowing the fire in the opposite direction from the well.
“The main concern is about the firing spreading, but also explosions as the gas well heads get hot and when they heat up they tend to explode, and that could cause debris to fly through the air for up to a mile radius,” said St. Clairsville, Ohio State Patrol Lieutenant, James Fonda.
Fire crews from more than 6 companies from Ohio and West Virginia came together to assist putting out the blaze.
Just before this newscast we spoke to a member of the Sardis Fire Department’s Women’s Aux and she told us crews on still on sight trying to put out the fire.