Update at 1:00 p.m.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – An explosion and flash fire at a Legacy Resources Natural Gas Compressor Station at mid-morning Christmas Day injured one man. According to Fremont County Fire Protection District Trainer Dan Oakley who was at the scene, “there was an obvious explosion as the 30’x30′ compressor station’s windows and a large overhead door were all blown out, there was extensive damage inside the building but structurally, the building is still standing,” he said via phone from the scene. Oakley also said said someone, “and presumably the man burned in the fire,” had attempted to use a dry chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire. “There was evidence that a fire extinguisher had been used inside the building.”
Oakley said the fire persisted from a pressurized natural gas line, and after the gas had been turned off by company personnel, county fire personnel went in to “cool off the regular combustibles” inside the structure.
The fire occurred in Legacy’s North Alkali field, which sits about three to four miles east of the Sand Draw Road “at the corrals,” Oakley said.
Devon Energy Riverton Manager Bill Skelton said several personnel from Devon’s Sand Draw location rushed to the scene to assist Legacy personnel after the explosion was first reported.
Oakley said the man who was burned and taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital, “was from this incident.” The man’s condition is not known. Skelton said he had also heard the man had been burned, but did not know to what extent.
A call to Legacy Resources’ headquarters in Texas had not been returned by mid-day on Christmas.
Cause of the explosion is under investigation
(Riverton, Wyo.) – An explosion and a fire at a natural gas compressor station about 10 a.m. Christmas morning east of the Sand Draw area in Central Fremont County has apparently injured one worker. Fremont County Fire District units are en route at this time. The injured worker was rushed to Riverton Memorial Hospital by private vehicle with burns to his hands and face, according to initial reports. Fire units had not yet reached the scene as of 11:40 a.m. which was reportedly five miles east of the Sand Draw Road.
When contacted by phone this morning en route to the fire, FCFPD Trainer Dan Oakley said units had not yet arrived at the scene, but he said he understood that a compressor station was on fire. He said firefighters would wait for the compressor’s operator to arrive and shut down the natural gas flowing into the station. Operator of the compressor station was not immediately identified.
More details when available.