COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Two people were killed and two people were seriously injured in a natural gas explosion off FM 2756 near Texas 78 in Collin County on Monday, June 28 around 3:30 p.m.
The scene is north of Farmersville, south of Blue Ridge.
The initial investigation indicates subcontractors for Atmos Energy were conducting pipeline maintenance when an accident occurred, Collin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Assistant Chief Nick Bristow said.
Wylie FD, Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Farmersville PD, Collin County Fire Marshall, DPS Troopers and FBI arrived on the scene to investigate.
“The scene is safe, but we ask that you try to avoid this area, if possible,” the Collin County Sheriff’s Office said in an earlier news release.
“I heard like a loud bang,” said Skylah Spradlin, who was outside her home nearby when the explosion happened. “I was afraid of losing my house, my neighborhood where I grew up. My animals are inside, too. I was just afraid it was going to blow up again because that’s always been one of my fears.”
Atmos Energy released the following statement:
Our prayers are with those who were affected by the events in Farmersville, Texas today. Out of respect for their privacy, we are not releasing any names or additional details at this stage.
Our highly trained technicians continue to work with the fire departments and emergency first responders to monitor the situation and make sure the area is safe. Our number one priority continues to be the safety of the public, our employees, our contractors, and our natural gas distribution system.