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Officials investigating Weld County drilling site fire that sent seven to hospital

Operations near Longmont to remain shut down until cause of blaze determined

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A fire at a Weld County drilling site operated by Crestone Peak Resources near Longmont sent seven people to the hospital Monday night, fire authorities said.

Mountain View Fire Rescue Chief David Beebe said authorities were called around 8:30 p.m. for a fire near the intersection of County Line Road and Weld County Road 20.5 Monday night.

According to Assistant Chief Jeff Webb with Mountain View Fire Rescue, both his agency and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District responded to the incident.

Beebe said later Monday night that the fire was out.

He added that seven people were transported by ground to nearby hospitals and that he did not believe any of the injuries were critical. Initially, there was a call to use a helicopter to transport the people, but Beebe said it wasn’t needed.

According to Webb, three of the victims were transported to UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont and four were transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette. One that was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center was released later Monday night, while another that was taken there was further transported to UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Crestone Peak Resources said that all seven people who were transported to the hospital were contractors.

According to the statement from Crestone Peak Resources, a cause for the blaze has not been found yet, and operations at the site will stay shut down until one can be determined.

“We are cooperating with federal, state and local authorities and also conducting our own investigation,” the statement read.

As of midday Tuesday, Mountain View Fire Rescue had finished up their investigation at the site and was writing it up, according to Webb. He added that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Crestone Peak Resources and OSHA were still on site investigating.

“The well itself, the drilling platform suffered a lot of heat damage, but structurally it’s all still there,” he said. He added that the well is completely sealed and “nothing’s going in or out.”

Chauntra Rideaux, a spokeswoman for OSHA, confirmed that the agency is currently investigating the incident.

“More details will be available once the investigation is complete,” she said.

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