Local man killed in explosion

PARKERSBURG – A Marietta man Friday died from injuries in an accident at a natural gas facility Thursday in Tyler County, Associated Press said Sunday.

Bruce Phipps, 56, Marietta, died late Friday night, AP reported citing the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office. He was one of three workers who were taken to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh after accident Thursday evening at a Eureka Hunter Pipeline operation near Wick.

A fourth man was taken to Sistersville General Hospital where he was treated and released.

Additional information was unavailable from Tyler County authorities on Sunday.

Tyler County officials Thursday said the accident was an explosion at compressor station.

Eureka’s parent company, Magnum Hunter Resources, said it was a flash fire at a “pig receiving station.” Pigs are devices used to clean or to inspect pipelines. Magnum said initial reports indicate that natural gas liquids ignited in tanks during “pigging” operations and fueled the fire, AP said.

The workers were employed by contractors for Magnum, AP said.

In the meantime, services for Phipps are scheduled 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home in Marietta. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.