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Oklahoma fracking site damaged by blaze
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Oklahoma fracking site damaged by fire

A fire at an Oklahoma hydraulic fracturing operation caused more than $20 million in damage, authorities said.

The fire started about 4 p.m. Wednesday at a Continental Resources site in Grady County, Okla.

According to a diagram from the University of Kansas, the fracking pumps caught fire and all trucks connected by piping caught fire. The blaze burned 22 trucks, each valued at more than $1 million.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Six fire departments responded to the scene. The fire was contained later that evening.

The Oklahoma Highway patrol shut down all lanes of traffic from County Rd. 2940 west to U.S. 62. A plume of thick, black smoke could be seen for miles.

A Grady County spokesman could not confirm the cause of the fire, but said the well was being fracked when the fire started.

Continental Resources released a statement following the accident.

“Continental Resources received a report of a fire on a continental location approximately 3 miles east of Chickasha. All crew have been accounted for are safe. The well is shut in. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.”

“CLR safety personnel and local fire departments have responded and are on location to protect surrounding property.”

In related news, At least 20 vehicles caught fire at Grady County well site.

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