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Texas man files lawsuit after fire

Texas resident Daven Collins is accusing Great Plains Oilfield Rental LLC of negligence after he suffered serious burns in an Aug. 11 fire.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: October 17, 2012
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A Texas man and his wife are seeking more than $75,000 in damages from Great Plains Oilfield Rental LLC after he was injured in an Aug. 11 fire near Elk City.

Daven Collins was one of two workers injured in a fire at Hodges Trucking Co., which had a tank and motor system designed by Great Plains, according to his lawsuit.

Both companies are subsidiaries of Chesapeake Energy Corp.

A Chesapeake spokesman declined to comment Monday on the Collins lawsuit.

Attorneys for Collins contend the Texas resident was injured as a result of Great Plains' negligence, according to a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Oklahoma City.

The lawsuit claims the fire that injured Collins started in or around the equipment installed and serviced by Great Plains.

Authorities said the fire followed an early morning explosion in a tank that was storing crude oil and natural gas liquids.

A cause has not been determined.

Collins suffered serious burns in the fire, leaving him disfigured and physically impaired, according to the lawsuit.