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Update: No injuries, gas well explosion destroys cars in Boston Heights

Published: January 23, 2014 11:58 AM
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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 and was reopened around 1 p.m.
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Boston Heights -- Police have announced Hines Hills Road has reopened after a reported explosion this morning.

The Hudson-Hub Times is looking into reports of a gas well explosion near Hines Hills Road and Olde 8 Road in Boston Heights. According to the Richfield Police Twitter account, safety crews are on the scene of a "gas well explosion and fire."

According to Boston Heights Police, the Valley Fire District is on the scene about 200 yards west of the intersection.

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No injuries have been reported.

Boston Heights Police Chief Raymond Heatwall confirmed a gas or oil line exploded, however it was unclear what caused the explosion. The scene is still active, according to Heatwall. The explosion was reported around 10 a.m.

An odor of gas could be smelled at Olde 8 and Hines Hill, according to a reporter on the scene.

Police have also blocked Hines Hill Road west of Olde 8.

Richfield Police's Twitter account reported that Hines Hill Rd between Olde Eight Road and Wooded View Road was the only road closed, but has since been reopened.

Check back as we get more details.

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