Fire extinguished after oil well blowout that killed 1, injured 3

Published: Jan. 29, 2020 at 3:38 PM CST
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One contractor has died and three others have been taken by helicopter to hospitals in Houston and Austin following an oil well blowout in Burleson County.

That's according to a spokesman for Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy.

The deadly blowout occurred on the company's worksite Wednesday afternoon along County Road 127 southwest of Caldwell.

Officials with the energy company said the fire was put out Thursday afternoon.

No names have been released at this time. The Burleson County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Chesapeake would be releasing the names of the worker killed and those injured.

Burleson County authorities said the fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. on the Wendl and Daniel H 1 H well.

Representatives from Chesapeake Energy are also on-site investigating the cause of the blast. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is also investigating the accident. They told KBTX Thursday that their investigation could take up to six months to complete.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said no evacuations ordered but County Road 127 was temporarily closed immediately after the explosion.

Burleson County emergency crews received mutual aid assistance from multiple other agencies across the Brazos Valley including College Station Fire Department's HAZMAT unit.