Gas line fire in Orion knocks out 911 service county-wide

  • Gas line fire in Orion knocks out 911 service county-wide

Gas line fire in Orion knocks out 911 service county-wide

Residents reported hearing a loud roaring sound and a glow from the flames several miles away from the area. The explosion caused a massive fire, prompting evacuations and road closures, and also disrupting 911 phone service to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Pontiac, MI- At least a dozen communities in Oakland County are without 911 service as a result of a gas line fire that occurred at about 10pm on Monday.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the fire eventually burned itself out.

A spokesperson says what happened was very rare and the cause of the rupture is under investigation.

The fire broke out on vacant land.

Auburn Hills police tweeted that areas in Orion Township were being evacuated as a precaution. She explained that transmission lines lower the pressure of the gas before it is delivered to people's homes. "The blast exposed about 30 feet of the 22-inch natural gas line, creating a crater 18 feet deep", read a statement from Oakland County Sheriff's Office, The Detriot News reported. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.