Explosion and Fire at Huntingburg Gas Utility

Huntingburg Dehydration Facility at Gas Storage Field Destroyed in Explosion

The City of Huntingburg has issued a press release on the explosion and fire at the Gas Storage Field Dehydration Facility that occurred Monday just before 7 pm.  The release says:

The dehydration facility at the Huntingburg gas storage field, located southwest of the City along South County Road 500 West, was destroyed Monday, June 10, 2013 in an explosion.  The explosion occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST.

The building was completely engulfed in flames when the Holland Volunteer Fire Department arrived.  Huntingburg utility crews arrived on the scene and shut off the lines feeding the facility, which reduced the flames and allowed firefighters to control the blaze.

No one was injured in the explosion.  Gas service to Huntingburg gas customers was not affected, but local customers near the facility were without service for a short time.  Service was restored at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Additional Information from the Dubois County Free Press:

The field was used for the city to purchase and store natural gas when market prices were low to offset high prices during peak use in winter months. Last summer the Huntingburg Common Council gave approval for the city gas department to begin the process of removing gas from the storage field to decommission the field.

The decision was made due to the low price of gas and expensive repairs that would have to be made on about 9 miles of 4-inch line.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. According to Holland Assistant Fire Chief John Hemmer, the state fire marshal will be on the scene to investigate Tuesday morning.

The gas storage field has been capped and is secure.

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