Town reacts to gas well fire and missing workers
QUINTON, Okla. (KTUL) —
The fire from the gas well explosion in Pittsburgh County is now out. The fire started early this morning around 9 a.m. when emergency crews were called to help.
The town of Quinton felt the impact, of the disaster which sent 16 people running for their lives, one person sent to the hospital, and five others left unaccounted for.
“As of right now, the families just need a lot of prayers, some time to kind of get their minds wrapped around all that has happened. Not knowing is the hardest part, simply not knowing. There is still not a lot of current news available to us,” explained Reverend George Mantooth, pastor of Greater Refuge United Pentecostal Church, which opened it’s doors to co-workers and family members.
Residents in Quinton were saddened as many people know someone who works in the oil and gas industry. Linda Cass of Granpa’s Pizzas and More says she remembers when the oil well workers and a supervisor announced they would be eating in her restaurant.
“He came in and he said you know we are very excited. We have a brand new drill going out. You’re gonna be seeing a new crew out here. And they came in and like I said, they were just the nicest guys and they were just a lot of fun to wait on. And they would come in here after a long hard day,” said Cass.
Crisis counselors have been available to workers and to family, who are still waiting to hear something about the unaccounted for workers.