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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

West Virginia Gas Line Explosion Updated

UPDATE: Homes Destroyed, I-77 Damaged After Gas Line Explosion in Sissonville; NTSB Investigating
WSAZ NewsChannel 3

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least four homes have been destroyed and Interstate 77 has been damaged after a gas line explosion in Sissonville.

The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday along Teresa Lane in Sissonville.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper tells a major 20-inch gas transmission line exploded sending flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air.

Four homes have been destroyed and at least five others have been damaged, according to county leaders. See more...

Statement Released from NiSource
Just before 1 p.m. Eastern time today there was an incident in the vicinity of the Columbia Gas Transmission Lanham Compressor Station near Sissonville in West Virginia.

Our first priority is the safety of the community and our employees. The site where the incident occurred has been secured and the fire - on a 20-inch transmission line - has been contained.

We have a team of employees working with first responders to assess damages and we'll be working to accommodate the needs of affected residents. There are no anticipated impacts to customers. We are working to gather additional details and will share more information as it becomes available.

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