January 23, 2018 — Five people are missing and 1 person was injured after a gas drilling rig explosion in Oklahoma.
At least 20 people were on-site at the natural gas well when the explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. on January 22, leaving the rig crumpled and burning by noon the following day.
The explosion occurred in Quinton, Oklahoma, a town located about 100 miles from Tulsa.
“Pretty much everything that is on location is on fire,” according to Kevin Enloes Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director.
He reported that about 17 other employees were rescued from the site after the fire, including one individual who suffered minor burns.
The drilling site was operated by Red Mountain Operating, a drilling company based on Oklahoma City.
Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., a drilling rig operator, confirmed that some of its employees remain unaccounted for.
The explosion and fire burned for several hours. The fires spread and sparked grass fires that firefighters worked to contain, as special crews were called in to figure out how to put out the fires.
Officials have not yet determined what caused the fire. The company that operates the well has not had any incidents in the last 5 years.
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