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Pipeline explosion west of Pocasset injures three, one seriously

Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said the pipeline belongs to Enogex LLC, a subsidiary of OG&E. The explosion occurred while a crew was bleeding moisture from a 24-inch line.
BY JERRY PITTMAN Modified: June 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm •  Published: June 29, 2010
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— Three people were injured this morning, one seriously, in a natural gas pipeline explosion near Pocasset.

Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said the pipeline belongs to Enogex LLC, a subsidiary of OG&E. The explosion occurred while one man was working at a valve, bleeding moisture from a 24-inch line. Two other workers pulled him from the flames after the explosion, Grady County Deputy Sheriff Roy Spratt said.

Robert Mitchum, 46, of Minco, was taken from the scene by helicopter to Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City with burns to about 50 percent of his body. He was admitted to the Integris Burn Unit for treatment, Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said.

Cayot said Mitchum was listed in serious condition late this afternoon with burns concentrated on the upper torso, arms and head. She said Mitchum also suffered a broken femur that will require surgery.

The other injured men — Danny Fulton, 59, and Kevin Venable, 32, both of Grady County — were taken to Integris by ambulance with minor burns. Cayot said Venable was treated for his injuries and released and Fulton is being kept there overnight for observation.

Kell said calls about the explosion came in shortly before 11 a.m. today and first responders were on the scene within 15 minutes. Grady County District Fire Chief Richard Bennett said the gas company shut off the flow of gas, and the fire was under control shortly after noon.

Bennett said Enogex was letting the remaining gas bleed out of the line and burn off before the investigation into the cause of the explosion could be completed.

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