Email List Google Plus

Photo GalleriesCrime StoppersSchool ClosingsSchool Closing Alerts Sign UpCommunity CalendarNews Links


Saturday: Cloudy skies, a bit of sun mixing in through the afternoon.
High: 37     Winds: Light

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy skies.
Low: 26     Winds: Calm

Sunday: Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy.
High: 40     ...
Washington Times
Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

UPDATE: Natural Gas Fire Extinguished in Bethel Township

BETHEL TOWNSHIP -- Firefighters battled a natural gas fire for hours in Clark County before the flames finally burned out.

It happened while crews were drilling for water at 945 Enon Road. With no pipelines or gas lines in the area, the cause was completely natural.

"I've never seen anything like this. This is the first time this has ever occurred in my career of almost 20 years," Bethel Twp Fire Chief Jacob King said Monday in dismay.

A routine drilling mission to dig a new water well for future homeowners nearby turned into a dangerous and unexpected scenario.

Two workers on the task drilled down just below 300 feet when they hit a natural gas pocket.

And just like that, their $750,000 rig up in flames.

"Once they hit the gas pocket it went in the engine intake. The engine started accelerating and they couldn't get it to stop. It hit the kill switch and ignited itself," Crabtree Drilling owner Jacob Crabtree explained.

The fire so massive and unpredictable it took 10 different fire departments and a HAZMAT team to tame the orange blaze. But extinguishing the fire directly was not the safest option.

"It's easier and less risk to the environment to the residents if we just let it burn. We've been able to extinguish the truck that was on fire and contain the fire to the back of the well where the drill was attached," King explained.

Luckily no one was injured and fire crews were able to keep the fire from reaching the structure of a brand new home in progress. Still, the fire's occurrence at all is baffling to those who spent their morning containing it..

"It's more common in northern ohio. It's not extremely common in this area. Talking with the drilling company, this has happened with them a few times but not to the extent where the actual drill took fire," King added.

Drillers say they will come back to the site with new equipment. and start over to dig a new water well. This time, not so deep in the ground.


BETHEL TWP. -- A crew digging a water well this morning instead hit a pocket of natural gas, which ignited.

Bethel Township Fire Chief Jacob King confirmed there are no pipelines in the area and the digging apparatus struck the pocket at 315 to 320 feet.

King said no one was injured in the fire, which began when Crabtree Drilling was attempting to find water for a new home construction at 945 Enon Road.

Firefighters spent the morning dousing the truck and the nearby construction site with water to keep the fire from spreading.

Fire officials confirmed that the fire had been extinguished by early afternoon.

King said it is easier and safer to people and the environment to let the fire burn itself out.

King said it's the first time in his nearly 20-year career that he's seen a fire like this.

Jacob Crabtree of Crabtree Drilling said hitting pockets of natural gas is not uncommon, but mostly in northern Ohio.

Crews don't typically run into natural gas around here at such shallow depths.

"Obviously, gas is prevalent in Ohio, just not at these shallow depths mostly," Crabtree said. "Once they hit the gas pocket, it went into the engine intake, the engine started accelerating, and they couldn't get it stopped."

Crabtree said his crews have never had pockets of natural gas catch fire before. He said the wind was just right to blow vapors over the engine intake.

The drilling rig and its truck is a total loss, which Crabtree said will cost $750,000 to replace.

Earlier coverage:

BETHEL TWP. -- A well-digging crew this morning hit a pocket of natural gas while digging at a construction site, and a spark ignited a fire.

A homeowner contracted a well to be dug to a depth of 300 feet and found water, but not much. A decision was made today to drill another 100 feet, when they hit the gas pocket.

The truck, at 963 Enon Road, caught fire and ignited the gas and now fire crews have to wait for the natural gas to disperse and the fire to burn itself out.

There are no reports of injuries.

We'll bring you more on this developing story as information becomes available.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - The Ferguson Decision

    The Ferguson Decision

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    If you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Chefs Corner

    Chefs Corner

    We often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes.  Watch those video segments on this page.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    River Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Secrets Of A Thief

    Secrets Of A Thief

    We expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Cool Schools

    Cool Schools

    Our children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On Time Traffic

    On Time Traffic

    Get the latest traffic information and updates here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - School Closings

    School Closings

    Get the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Save Local TV

    Save Local TV

    Find out how you can save local TV right here!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Find the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Armstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - News Links

    News Links

    These links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Menard's Around the House

    Menard's Around the House

    Menards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On the Move

    On the Move

    Get the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Good Morning

    Good Morning

    It's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Get up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

more »

Business News

FBI conclusively links North Korea to Sony hack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Sony has made the bombshell decision to scrap "The Interview" -- the fallout is starting to spread.

Get This


FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech.

Science/Tech News


ATLANTA (AP) -- Remember how after 9/11, there was increased attention given to security at buildings, airports and other complexes.

Tonight on ABC 22

3:30 pm ..... Royal Purple Law Vegas Bowl (Utah vs Colorado State)
7:00 pm ..... Judge Judy
7:30 pm ..... Judge Judy
8:00 pm ..... I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
9:00 pm ..... CMA Country Christmas
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... The Good Wife
12:30 am ... Ring of Honor Wrestling
Complete Schedule»