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Explosion on gas line lights up sky

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) - An apparent gas line explosion lit up the sky
in Estill County, but didn't hurt anyone or burn any homes.

Estill Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor said the blast occurred
about 7 miles from Irvine, along Ky. 89. The Estill County
Emergency Management Agency evacuated about three dozen homes after the blast occurred around 7 p.m. Monday. The houses were within a half-mile of the fire.

Melissa Jessie of the emergency agency said a lot of woods were
on fire for a time, but there were no injury reports.

By 10:30 p.m., the gas supply had been shut off and the fire was
burning itself out.

Columbia Gas of Kentucky spokeswoman Lisa Smith said the
transmission line is owned by Columbia Gulf Transmission, which is
a sister company.


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