Smyrna fire still under investigation

NORWICH – The cause of the natural gas rig fire on New Year’s Day on County Rt. 22 in the town of Smyrna is still under investigation, according to a Norse Energy, Inc. spokesman.

The Norwegian parent company of Nornew, Inc., which maintains a field operations office at the Eaton Center in Norwich, said the company’s insurance investigator is looking at the surrounding circumstances and would be reporting back shortly.

“No one saw the fire ignite. The well was not being drilled. It was completed, and workers were working at other things. The rig simply hadn’t been removed yet,” Dennis Holbrook, company spokesman commented Tuesday from Nornew’s office in Buffalo.

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