ALBANY — Route 681 south of Albany re-opened to traffic at about 3 p.m. Friday after a natural gas fire was extinguished Thursday.

Michael Barnes of Texas-based Enbridge Inc., an energy infrastructure company, said the fire, which started Wednesday, was put out at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was called to the scene after the fire broke out, and an EPA report said that Texas Eastern Transmission was boring a hole on Wednesday when a natural gas pocket was encountered at a depth of 400 feet. Employees exited the drilling rig just before the gas ignited, and no one was injured. The drilling rig and nearby equipment were damaged, according to the EPA report.

Barnes also said the fire occurred when a natural gas pocket was hit.

Barnes said that after the fire was put out, the hole was filled with concrete and the Albany Volunteer Fire Department continued to monitor the scene. Barnes said a period of time was needed to ensure that the concrete plug held.

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