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Small fire burns at Wyoming gas plant after blast

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A small fire burned at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant Monday, five days after an explosion forced the evacuation of a nearby town and shut down the facility.

The fire has shrunk considerably since the blast and workers at the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners facility were allowing the blaze to burn to consume remaining gases, according to a company spokesman.

"It's completely under our control. It's not damaging any equipment," said the spokesman, George Angerbauer. "We have personnel on site who are assessing the rest of the facility to determine operability and what it will take to get us back up and running."

He said he wasn't sure how long that would take.

A company release Monday said only one of the plant's five processing units was damaged. The remaining four would remain able to process 1.1 billion cubic feet a day, or the entire volume of gas available for processing at the plant, according to the company.

The plant's total capacity is 1.5 billion cubic feet.

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