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Deadly fire at Chesapeake well extinguished, company reports Thursday

Chesapeake Energy's corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City is pictured. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Chesapeake Energy's corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City is pictured. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

A fire at a Chesapeake Energy well that left one worker dead and at least three others hurt was out before sundown on Thursday.

A statement issued by Chesapeake at 4:20 p.m. Thursday reported the fire at one of its Burleson County, Texas, well sites in the Eagle Ford Shale field had broken out about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday as contractors conducted workover operations on the well.

The statement did not identify the well’s name or the name of the contractors’ employer. Those who were hurt were airlifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.

It did say that emergency response personnel from Chesapeake Energy and well control specialist Boots & Coots were on the location Thursday afternoon, working to safely secure the well.

It also reported that air monitoring equipment placed nearby indicated there was no risk to public health or to the environment.

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