Gas explosion near Tioga

TIOGA A natural gas pipeline reportedly exploded and caught fire south of Tioga at around 8:30 p.m. Monday. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

No injuries were reported.

The Tioga Fire and Ambulance Department was paged on the incident between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Monday and saw enough of a blaze that they decided to park their fire trucks a half mile away from the incident, which was about eight miles south of Tioga along Williams County Road 21, according to Randall Pederson, a spokesman for the Tioga Fire Department.

He said that firefighters decided to take a defensive approach to the fire instead of spraying water directly onto it. The primary concern, Pederson said, was to prevent too much smoke from entering the atmosphere and also to protect the public by keeping them away from the site.

He said that after contacting the company that owns the pipeline, they were able to turn off the valves to the gas and it stopped the fire in about an hour and a half.

The gas line is owned by Hiland Partners, LP. A spokesperson for the company was not immediately available for comment.