2012-02-09 / Local & State

Pa. Gas Well Fire Out, At Least 1 Home Evacuated

GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A compressor at a natural gas well in northwestern Pennsylvania caught fire and burned for about three hours, prompting at least one nearby home to be evacuated.

Mercer County officials say nobody was hurt in the fire at the well operated by Bocor Holdings. A production manager for that company tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the well draws gas from the Clinton formation nearly a mile below the surface, but says he could say little about the fire that was reported about 4 a.m. Friday.

The well about 70 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, in Greene Township, Mercer County.

A 911 dispatcher tells The Associated Press the fire was extinguished about 6:45 a.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

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