Venting system at Bloomington oil well catches fire

By Advocate Staff
Jan. 3, 2018 at 1:59 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

A member of the Victoria County Volunteer Fire Department puts out a hot spot after a natural gas venting system caught fire at an oil well in Bloomington Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported, the fire department did shut down Key Road. For a short time while the extinguished the fire.

A member of the Victoria County Volunteer Fire Department puts out a hot spot after a natural gas venting system caught fire at an oil well in Bloomington Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported, the fire department did shut down Key Road. For a short time while the extinguished the fire.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

BLOOMINGTON – Firefighters responded to a fire at an oil well near the 300 block of 5th Street about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Victoria Fire Department, Placedo Volunteer Fire Department and Victoria County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and battled the blaze for about 40 minutes, said Capt. Emilio Reyes, of the Victoria Fire Department.

A natural gas ventilation and condensate system caught fire, and the blaze spread to the ground, two utility poles and a fence.

“A natural gas pipeline running out of these tank batteries that were flaring off here – somehow flare quit working,” Reyes said. “It’s still under investigation. (We’re) still trying to figure out what the fire cause was.”

Reyes estimated the fire burned a ground area of about 2,000 square feet. Authorities shut off Key Road for about 30 minutes while they tried to extinguish the fire.

No injuries were reported.

William Barr, who lives near the oil well, reported the fire.

“I came outside and there was lot of black smoke for a long distance – there was a bunch of it,” he said. “I watched it for a minute and didn’t see anyone over there and called 911.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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