Geothermal Well Drilling in Ohio Sparks Fire

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An attempt to drill a geothermal well in Anderson Township was interrupted when the drilling rig hit a gas pocket and started a fire. The drilling was taking place behind a home in the 2100 block...


ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio --

An attempt to drill a geothermal well in Anderson Township was interrupted when the drilling rig hit a gas pocket and started a fire.

The drilling was taking place behind a home in the 2100 block of Hunters Point Lane at about 9 a.m. when the rig ignited a pocket of methane gas, fire officials said.

"I looked out my back window and saw this huge flame shooting up, then I heard the sirens and everything," said Krista Paolucci, a neighbor.

Firefighters contained the fire until the gas leak ran out just after 1:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported. No damage was reported to the home or nearby homes.

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