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Gas well explodes in Boston Heights; no injuries reported

Beacon Journal staff report

A gas well explosion in Boston Heights damaged three vehicles but resulted in no injuries Thursday morning.

Valley Fire District Chief Charlie Riedel said the explosion occurred about 10:03 a.m. at 129 W. Hines Hill Road, about 1,500 to 2,000 feet north of the road at the back of the property.

Flames were coming out of the well when fire crews arrived, Riedel said. Firefighters from Hudson and Richfield village provided assistance.

Two workers in two of the three service vehicles that were burned managed to escape without injury, he said.

The frigid temperatures and the distance off the road created problems for fire crews, Riedel said.

“We had stuff freezing up,” the chief said.

While the flames were extinguished about 45 minutes after firefighters arrived, crews remained until about 2 p.m. Thursday.

West Hines Hill between Olde Eight and Wooded View Drive was the only road closed during the incident.

Chad Minor of Minor Construction said workers with his company were at their job site an estimated 100 yards away from the well when the explosion occurred.

He said smoke billowed far above the tree line for a short time, but the smoke dissipated.

Riedel said the names of the oil firm or firms servicing the well when the explosion occurred or the homeowner were not available.


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