Fire Hits Marshall Gas Plant

NATRIUM – Investigators are on scene to discover the origin of an early morning fire Saturday at the Blue Racer Midstream Plant in Marshall County.

No injuries were reported, however some residents of the Kent area north of the plant were told to leave their homes as a precautionary measure.

According to Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart, a cause for the fire has not yet been determined.

W.Va. 2 near the Marshall and Wetzel county line was closed for nearly eight hours. About 25 residents in the Kent area north of the plant were evacuated as a safety precaution. Hart said those residents returned to their homes after about 90 minutes.

Hart said authorities were notified of the fire just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday when a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling in the area spotted the fire. In addition to the road closure, CSX rail transportation was shut down as fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

The fire eventually burned itself out.

The neighborhood had returned to normal by Saturday afternoon.

The plant, which is a joint venture between Dominion Resources and Caiman Energy, went into service this summer. Blue Racer’s services include gathering, processing, fractionation and natural gas liquids transportation and marketing.

Company officials said they were working to determine the cause of the fire and assess the damage.

In addition to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Office, other responding agencies included volunteer fire departments from New Martinsville, Washington Lands, Moundsville, Glen Dale, Roberts Ridge, Grandview, Fork Ridge and St. Joseph, plus Tri-State EMS, Wetzel County EMS, West Virginia State Police and West Virginia Division of Highways. The American Red Cross River Valley Chapter and Marshall County Schools assisted with shelter operations