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Flameout: Spectacular oil rig blaze is over


The last gasp as oil rig blaze goes out Saturday after the site was cleaned and a new well head installed by specialty firefighters. 
Photo courtesy of Milam County Sheriff’s Department The last gasp as oil rig blaze goes out Saturday after the site was cleaned and a new well head installed by specialty firefighters. Photo courtesy of Milam County Sheriff’s Department Not with a bang but with a whimper.

The spectacular oil rig fire off Milam County Road 328 was extinguished Saturday when Boots & Coots, oilfield fire specialists, hit the well head with high-pressure water streams.

“It went out pretty easily,” Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris White said. “It had only been burning natural gas the last few days. Once a new well head was put in and the water hit, it was out.”

The well blew out in the early morning hours of Oct. 22. No serious injuries were reported among the 11 employees of Slawson Exploration at the rig.

The blowout sent up a plume of flame and smoke which was visible across a multi-county area of Central Texas. An investigation into the cause continues.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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