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Heater failure suspected in fire at well

SILT – A fire at a natural gas well site south of Silt Saturday morning may have been caused by a heater failure, authorities believe.Fire Chief Brit McLin of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District said three storage tanks and other equipment burned in the fire. It began at about 4 a.m. at a well site on Dry Hollow Road south of Chipperfield Lane.No one was injured in the fire, which was “pretty well dissipated” within a few hours, McLin said.”We dumped a lot of water on it,” he said.About 20 Burning Mountain firefighters responded in seven vehicles to the fire.McLin said a preliminary investigation suggests a malfunction by one of the heaters used in the tanks to separate oil from gas.”Apparently one of them was an overachiever,” he said.He said the fire occurred fairly close to someone’s home but didn’t threaten it.McLin wasn’t sure Monday who owned the well, and didn’t have an estimate on the cost of the damage.

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