Lightning May Have Sparked Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire

September 9, 2010

Officials investigating a gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania say a lightning strike may be to blame.

Crews quickly put out the fire that started at a well in Chartiers Township, Washington County, early Wednesday morning.

The fire prompted the evacuation of nearby homes, but residents were allowed back inside shortly after 1 a.m. No injuries were reported.

WTAE-TV reports that investigators are looking into reports that lightning struck the well, causing the fire. Severe weather was moving through the area at the time of the blaze.

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