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Oil fire extinguished in Mercer County

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JEFFERSON TWP., Mercer Co., Pa. -

 Smoke could be seen for miles around and firefighters came from miles around following explosions and fire in a remote area of Mercer County Friday night.

Two explosions were reported around 8:00 p.m. at 114 Pew Road.   Firefighters on the scene reported that 200 gallons of oil being stored at the location caught fire.  There are also trailers located in the area, but it is not yet clear if they were damaged by the flames.

 Fire departments from as far away as Lawrence County were called in to assist in battling the two alarm blaze.  One department brought in equipment capable of spreading foam, which is used to smother oil fires.  There is a combination gas and oil well at the location, but crews on the scene reported that the well did not explode.

Hilcorp Energy, which operates the well, issued the following statement: "Friday evening two of our storage tanks used to hold oil and condensate caught fire on one of our well pads located in Mercer County. The appropriate local and state authorities were immediately notified and local first responders were on location shortly after the call. There were no injuries and the fire only lasted approximately forty-five minutes. We are in the process investigating the cause which remains undetermined at this time."

 Roads around the site were crowded with fire equipment.  Trucks filled up with water from a hydrant on Greenville Rd. The fire was out by 9:30 p.m.  There are no reports of injuries.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene to investigate.

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