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Fire Sparked when Backhoe Struck Metal

Fire Sparked when Backhoe Struck Metal



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(KSL News) A backhoe operator digging a sewer line got a little more than he expected.

Flames started shooting out of a gas line after he accidentally dug into it. Sparks from metal banging on metal ignited the gas into a full-blown fire.

The operator was digging in a new residential area in Grantsville. When firefighters got there all they could do was call the gas company and let it burn itself out.

Lance Marshall, Grantsville Fire Chief, said, "It was a little more different because we had a two-way feed on this line. So we had to dig holes on both ends, and different things, and get the backhoe off the line. It was still on the line as it was burning."

The operator had some minor burns on his arms but is o.k.

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