Natural gas fire in Friendly extinguished

Gov. Justice ordered state resources to fight storage tank fire in Tyler County, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va — New media reports success in extinguishing the fire that occurred Saturday after lightning struck a 1 million gallon natural gas condensate storage tank owned by Dominion Resources near Friendly, W.Va., in Tyler County.

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in a statement the blaze was extinguished around 5 a.m. Sunday after all-night efforts by local fire departments and state agencies.

Gov. Jim Justice Saturday ordered all state resources necessary to fight an ongoing natural gas storage tank fire in Tyler County.

On Saturday afternoon, May 25, lightning struck a natural gas condensate storage tank owned by Dominion Resources near Friendly, W.Va., in Tyler County.

The tank is on fire, but no product has been released at this time. Within minutes of being notified, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton advised Gov. Justice of the situation.

The governor immediately ordered all assistance be made available to the crews on the ground in Tyler County, including the West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, who will assist with equipment and personnel at the scene.

Multiple WVDEP response teams have been dispatched and are en route to assist with the cleanup. Local fire departments are working to suppress the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Further updates to this ongoing situation will be made available by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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