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Fuel burns near Colorado oil well site; no injuries reported

November 8, 2018
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This photo taken from video provided by KMGH-TV shows a diesel fuel fire near an oil and gas site south of Greeley, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The Platteville-Gilchrest Fire Protection Agency said diesel fuel caught fire but no injuries were reported. Noble Energy, which operates the site, said all workers are accounted for. The company said a contractor crew was preparing a well to begin production when the fire broke out. (KMGH-TV via AP)

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters have extinguished a diesel fuel fire near an oil and gas site in northeastern Colorado.

The Greeley Tribune reports there were no injuries in the incident Wednesday about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Greeley.

Television video showed a column of smoke rising from the site.

Jolene Schneider of the Platteville-Gilchrest Fire Protection Agency says about 3,000 gallons (11,400 liters) of fuel burned.

Ron Gusek of Liberty Oilfield Services says the fire was in a truck equipped to pump water. He says the fire department is investigating the cause.

Noble Energy, which operates the site, says Gusek’s company was preparing a well to begin production when the fire broke out. Noble spokeswoman Paula Beasley says no wells were producing oil or gas there at the time of the fire.

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This story has been corrected to show the spokeswoman’s first name is Jolene, not Joleen.

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