'Flash fire' extinguished

Three hospitalized Saturday for wreck, gas plant fire injuries

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A fire at a gas plant Saturday afternoon on Breeze Mountain, south of Craig Municipal Airport, resulted in a two-car accident on Highway 394.

Three people were admitted to The Memorial Hospital.

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A welder from the gas plant, who was burned by the fire, was driving himself to the hospital when his vehicle collided with a truck driven by photographer Dan Bingham, who volunteers his time taking pictures for Craig Fire/Rescue. The photographer had a passenger with him, authorities said.

TMH officials said they could not comment on the condition of the patients admitted due to patient privacy laws.

The fire victim's vehicle was heading west on Highway 394 toward Highway 13, and the other vehicle was heading east toward the fire.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said he was the first to reach the fire when he encountered the burn victim, a gas plant welder at Booco's Contract Services plant. The welder called in to report the fire, Jantz said.

"I asked him where he was going and he said to the hospital," Jantz said. "I told him he should stay (to wait for the ambulance) and he took off."

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols said the welder was the only person injured by the fire, but he wasn't certain of the severity of the victim's injuries.

Ten firefighters with three trucks responded to the fire and extinguished it in 20 minutes, Nichols said.

The fire was reported at 2:32 p.m. The accident was reported 14 minutes later, at 2:46 p.m.

Nichols said the fire damaged a valve house and an oil separation tank. He was unable to determine the monetary damage of the fire.

Nichols said the source of the fire was believed to be static or lightning.

"We're never going to find the exact cause," he said. "It was a flash of some sort."

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