Correction: Texas-Pipeline-Explosion story

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013
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MILFORD, Texas (AP) — In a story Nov. 15 about a pipeline fire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a Chevron spokesman said the continued evacuation was a precaution over concerns over air quality. Spokesman Gareth Johnstone says the evacuation zone was being maintained as a precaution as work continued.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Fire keeps residents away from homes 2nd night

Pipeline fire keeps North Texas town's residents away from homes for another night

MILFORD, Texas (AP) — A rural North Texas town remained evacuated for a second day and night Friday while work continued to extinguish a gas pipeline fire.

Some residents of a rural North Texas town were escorted to their homes Friday as a nearby Chevron pipeline continued to burn, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies accompanied Milford residents who needed to retrieve medication or check on pets. Homeowners were allowed to stay only briefly, Ellis County sheriff's Lt. James Saulter said.

Chevron crews worked Friday to plug the liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, pipeline near Milford, 40 miles south of Dallas. A drilling crew punctured the line Thursday, triggering an explosion and a large fire that could be seen for miles. No injuries were reported.

The evacuation order remained in effect Friday night for the area within a 1½-mile radius from the pipeline puncture, including the town of about 700 residents, sheriff's spokeswoman Jo Ann Livingston said.