Cause of huge gas line fire in suburban Detroit unknown

Gladys Abbott
November 22, 2017

In a live video posted to Facebook, a member of the police department described the blaze as an "apparent gas line fire", but said firefighters were on scene to contain the flames until a crew could arrive to shut off the gas.

An explosion followed by a blaze was reported near the Auburn Hills and Orion Township border on Monday night just before 10 p.m.

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The fire, which broke out late Monday evening, is located on the north side of Brown Road, west of Joslyn Road.

Auburn Hills police asked that people avoid the area of Brown/Joslyn and Brown/Baldwin, calling it "a large outdoor fire". "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. The fire eventually burned itself out after the gas flow was cut off. The explosion caused a massive fire, prompting evacuations and road closures, and also disrupting 911 phone service to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Gas service to all Oakland County residents was never disrupted. All roadways in the area were reopened by 4:00AM Tuesday morning.

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