Smyrna gas rig catches fire

SMRYNA – A fire erupted at a natural gas well site in Smyrna last Thursday evening.

Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith said responders from Smyrna, Sherburne and Earlville squads were called to the Corey Farm on County Rt. 22 at 4:44 p.m.

Flames from the well head itself and, later, a gas rig, were extinguished. Responders left the scene by 8 p.m.

The well is owned by Nornew, Inc. Company spokesman Dennis Holbrook could not be reached for comment.

Town Supervisor James Bays said the cause was either a bad hydraulic hose on the rig or an explosion from the well head itself. “Some are maintaining they heard an explosion,” he said this morning.

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