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Fire reported at gas drilling site in Washington County

| Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
A fire burns at a gas well drilling site in North Strabane on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
A fire burns at a gas well drilling site in North Strabane on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
A fire burns at a gas well drilling site in North Strabane on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

No one was injured in a fire Wednesday afternoon at a gas drilling site in Washington County.

The fire erupted about 5:15 p.m. at what is known as Range Resources Corp.'s Jeffries drilling location off Ross Road in North Strabane.

Range Resources personnel and firefighters extinguished the flames about an hour later using a specialty foam designed for oil and grease fires, said company spokesman Matt Pitzarella.

He stressed that this was not a gas well fire, per se, and that no residents were evacuated.

“The fire was a result of an equipment failure on a piece of machinery, which discharged some engine oil that caught fire along with plastic liners used for environmental prevention on the ground of the location,“ Pitzarella said.

“As with any incident of this nature, we will work with regulators and first responders to investigate what occurred and take action to best prevent future incidents from happening. ... Range is currently meeting with area residents to explain what happened and to assist them with any issues this unfortunate matter may have caused.”

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at

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