UPDATE: Explosion In Hooker Injures One
KSCB News - August 10, 2016 11:31 am
In a press release from
On August 10,2016 at approximately 9:00 A.M. employees with the Bennett Construction Company
were performing maintenance operations on a natural gas line located on the west side of
Hooker on Highway 54 on the south side of the road.
For an unknown reason, fumes from the gas briefly ignited causing minor burns to one employee
and damage to an excavator. Due to the fact that the employee was wearing all required Personal
Protective Equipment, including Fire Retardant Clothing, the injuries were minimal.
That employee was transported to Texas County Memorial Hospital for treatment of the burns. The employee was treated and released with minor burns, his name is still not being released and the investigation is still ongoing.
City of Guymon Emergency Management Public Information Officer Miranda Gilbert said the explosion is reported to be caused by the ignition of natural gas and that GFD responded to the explosion in Hooker to assist Hooker Fire Department.
GFD Assistant Fire Chief Grant Wadley said they were in route to aid Hooker Fire Department but their assistance was canceled. Wadley said one person was taken to the Guymon hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.