Fire broke out at a natural gas processing plant near Rush Springs Tuesday, which caused extensive damage but no injuries.
"We were very lucky and blessed there were no injuries," said OGE Energy Corp. spokesperson Kathleen O'Shea. An exact number of employees at the Enogex LLC plant when the fire occurred was not available, but O'Shea estimated about 40. She said the cause has not been determined, but that an investigative team has been formed.
Enogex is a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. and covers nearly 8,000 miles of intrastate gas gathering and transportation natural gas pipeline, according to the OGE website.
Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel said the fire call came in at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday and crews from Rush Springs, Bailey and Cox City responded. He said they were on scene for about two hours.
"No one was in the vicinity of the unit and nothing out of the ordinary was going on," O'Shea said. "There are four units at that plant and the fire was isolated to Unit 4. We do know that there is extensive damage in that particular unit."
The plant is located about 10 miles east of Rush Springs and a mile-and-a-half north.
"It's a processing plant. Companies own the wellheads and pipe the gas in to the processing plant to take the liquids out, such as butane and methane," O'Shea said.
"Then the dry gas is sent out over the interstate pipeline. Everyone saw the flames and immediately shut down the gas flows in and out."
At that point it was a matter of residual gas burning off, she said.