Gas line explosion in Robertson County

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ROBERTSON COUNTY - UPDATE: As of 8:55 p.m. Saturday, the fire has been put out and according to Robertson County Sheriff's Office, the evacuation request has been lifted.

Atmos Energy, however, said they are still doing a sweep of the area to make sure it is 100 percent safe for residents.

There is also still a small grass fire. Some fire personnel will remain on scene until it completely burns out.

UPDATE:
As of 7:00 p.m., officials say the fire will continue to burn anywhere between one and four more hours.

According to Atmos, the gas line has been shut off. It will however take a while to get the gas out of the line.

Atmos said once the gas is out of the line they will go in to make sure the area is safe.

Four families have been evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported.

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SATURDAY, 6:00PM
Multiple agencies are responding to a gas line explosion in far eastern Robertson County.

According to Sheriff Gerald Yezak, it happened James Cemetery Road south of Camp Creek Lake around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. He says the fire is still burning, but is contained.

An update from the sheriff's office at 5:45 p.m. said the gas will be shut off to the area, and the fire will be allowed to burn itself out. Once the fire is out, crews will make any needed repairs before restoring gas to that area.

Yezak says the explosion came from a 30-inch gas operated by Atmos. Company spokesperson Chace Murphy says Atmos crews are responding and investigating.

Sheriff's deputies went to homes in the area to evacuate residents, though Yezak says most residents weren't home. There are no injuries reported as of Saturday evening.

Fire crews from Franklin, Normangee, Easterly, Wheelock and Hilltop Lakes have all responded.

News 3 viewers reported feeling earthquake-like tremors, and seeing flames and smoke for miles.

News 3 has a crew on the scene. This story will be updated as new details become available.

Viewer video attached with this story from Suzanne Patterson


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