Fire in the sky: Crews respond to pipeline explosion

As of 10:00 p.m. Monday, The fire from a gas pipeline explosion has finally started to die down.

The explosion happened Monday evening at a horse farm in the 8000 block of Winchester Road in northern Estill county.

Officials tell NEWSFIRST at the fire's peak, flames shot between 1,000 and 1,500 feet into the air. Callers to the NEWSFIRST newsroom reported seeing the glow as far away as Lexington, Cynthiana, Fleming county and Mount Olivet.

The Red Cross say 30 homes were evacuated from the blast area. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Estill Springs Middle School. Anyone in need of a place to stay should proceed to the school before 11:00 p.m. They can also call the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross at 859-253-1331.

Officials say no one was hurt in the explosion. They also say no structures were ever threatened by the fire. No property damage has been reported.

Officials with Columbia Gas are on the scene. There's no word, right now, on what caused the explosion.


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