Staff safe after explosion, fire at Jonah gas field

Dec 6, 2011

 PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) - A fire and explosion has occurred at a compressor facility in the Jonah natural gas field in southwest Wyoming.

Stephen Smith of the Sublette County Sheriff's Office says the fire was first reported at 12:07 p.m. today, followed shortly after by reports of an explosion and flames 100 feet high.

Smith says all 35 workers in the area are accounted for and there were no fatalities. However, he says one person was taken to a local clinic. He had no information on the person's condition.

The fire was still burning at 2:30 p.m., but Smith said the natural gas flow had been shut off to the facility.

Firefighters from Sublette County, Pinedale, Big Piney, Boulder and Sweetwater County responded.