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Four people injured after Doddridge County explosion

The 911 Center that serves Doddridge and Ritchie counties says four people were flown to the hospital for treatment Friday after an explosion in Doddridge County. (Bing Maps)

Four people were flown to the hospital for treatment Friday after some tanks that were being worked on in Doddridge County ignited.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. on Whitehair Lane in West Union, a spokeswoman at Central Communications, the 911 center that serves Doddridge and Ritchie counties said.

Conditions of the injured people were not immediately available. Ambulance crews from Doddridge and Ritchie counties responded.

Initial reports said the incident happened at a well pad, but a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said the tanks and been moved to this location and were being cleaned and cut up with a torch. It appears that the tanks were not completely empty of their contents and something in the tanks ignited.

An initial spill report said oil was going into a stream. The DEP spokesman said it is unclear what was in the tanks. The DEP said it is investigating how much material resulting from the fire reached the stream.

Five volunteer fire departments – Greenwood, West Union, Smithburg, Pennsboro and Harrisville – and West Virginia State Police and Doddridge County deputies responded.

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