Natural gas from plant raises concerns, evacuations underway

Concerns about natural gas lingering in the air has prompted evacuations are happening for those who live at least a mile and a half from the plant. K-96 will stay shut down.

Firefighters on the scene of the Tenewa gas plant fire just outside Haven have left the scene with fears there could be another natural gas explosion. Officials say evacuations could be possible.

HAVEN, Kan. (KAKE) -According to Adam Weishaar, the Emergency Management Director for Reno County, at around 1:17 pm Thursday multiple units were dispatched to Kent Road for report of a gas plant on fire.

When crews arrived on the scene they were met with heavy smoke and flames. Crews also reported explosions.

Fire crews are still on the scene working to put out the fire. Crews expect to be on the scene for several hours.

Those within a two-mile radius of the plant have been evacuated.

Firefighters from Colwich, Mt. Hope, Burton, McPherson and Wichita also responded. A foam tender is also being brought to the scene.

Two people were transported by EMS with minor injuries, everyone working at the plant has been accounted for.

Weishaar said the Reno County Commission signed a local disaster declaration to allow for state resources to come in and assist with the fire fight.

Gas to the plant has been shut off. Weisshar says there is no risk to the pubic at this time. K-96 will be shut down for several hours to allow firefighters to transport water to the fire.

HAVEN, Kan. (KAKE) – KAKE News has a crew heading to the site of a large fire at Haven Midstream natural gas processing plant.

The call came into dispatch at approximately 1:30 pm Multiple crews are battling the blaze.

K-96 will be temporarily closed between Yoder and Haven.

It is imperative that people do not come into the area.

Haven Midstream takes in natural gas and drops the temperature to subzero temperatures to separate out the natural gas liquids – ethane, butane, propane and natural gasoline – from the methane, the main ingredient of natural gas.

This is a developing story and KAKE will bring you the latest as information becomes available.

Courtesy of Brett Short

Courtesy of Brett Short

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