No injuries reported in a Jan. 23 Boston Heights gas well explosion

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Boston Heights -- No injuries were reported in a Jan. 23 gas well explosion and fire at a Hines Hill Road residence, near Olde 8 Road in Boston Heights.

The cause of the explosion, which happened shortly after 10 a.m., had not been determined at press time, according to Valley Fire District Lt. Nick Zamiska. Fire investigators will determine the exact cause of the explosion, he said.

According to Zamiska, it took firefighters from Valley, Hudson and Richfield Village about an hour to extinguish the fire in 120 block of Hines Hill Road.

"Apparently they [gas well workers] had some cleaning issues they were trying to do," according to Boston Heights Police Chief Raymond Heatwall. "The workers heard some type of noise that they didn't like, so they kind of left the scene really quick. Something ignited and went from the ground to a diesel tank that was on top of the equipment."

Three nearby vehicles, belonging to workers, ignited, resulting in a total loss to each, Heatwall added. The exact loss estimate was not immediately known.

Hines Hill Road, between Olde Eight Road and Wooded View Road, was closed for almost three hours.


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