Milford Residents Hope to Return Home Friday After Pipeline Fire

Some residents allowed to return, under escort, for pets and medicine

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    Some residents of Milford were escorted to their homes Friday as a nearby Chevron pipeline continued to burn. Ellis County sheriff's deputies were accompanying residents who needed to retrieve medication or check on pets. Homeowners were only allowed to stay briefly. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    Residents evacuated from a small North Texas town because of a gas pipeline rupture and fire are not expected to return to their homes on Friday.

    Officials said Friday afternoon that the decompression and burnoff of the gas line was progressing, but that they didn't expect Milford's residents would be permanently back in their homes by sundown.

    "Emergency management personnel and Chevron will make that determination, and they'll let us know when to remove barricades and let people back in," said Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown.

    Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes Friday, for only a few minutes and only under a police escort, to retrieve medicine or to check on pets.

    Officials Update Situation in Milford

    [DFW] Officials Update Situation in Milford
    Chief Mark Jackson of the Milford Fire Dept., Lt. James Saulter of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office and Jim Barnum of Chevron update the public on the situation in Milford. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    Many of the evacuated residents are staying with friends and family or local hotels. About three dozen people have taken shelter at Italy High School. 

    Late Friday afternoon, officials with Chevron said they are working to remove product from the line and that process, which includes igniting the product in the pipeline, may cause flares.  The flares may be visible, but will not pose a risk.  Crews are capping a 14-inch line on the east and west sides of the pipeline about two miles from the site of the explosion.  After it's capped, they'll burn off the gas inside the pipeline.

    Ellis County Sheriff Unsure When Residents Can Return

    [DFW] Ellis County Sheriff Unsure When Residents Can Return
    Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown says emergency personnel and Chevron will decide when Milford residents will be allowed to return home. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    Chevron set up a claims telephone hotline for affected residents: 1-855-276-1272

    Pipeline Tracker

    Milford Pipeline Fire May Burn for 36 Hours

    [DFW] Milford Pipeline Fire May Burn for 36 Hours
    A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in Ellis County and triggered an explosion that led to the evacuation of the town of Milford on Thursday. Ellis County officials say the fire caused by the pipeline explosion is expected to burn for 36 hours. (Published Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)

    Pipelines such as the one in Ellis County can be found all over Texas.

    You can take a closer look at the pipelines in your area on the Railroad Commission's website. The interactive map includes information and location coordinates for oil wells, gas wells and pipelines.

    Gas Pipeline Explosion Rocks Milford

    [DFW] Gas Pipeline Explosion Rocks Milford
    A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in Ellis County and triggered an explosion that led to the evacuation of the town of Milford on Thursday. (Published Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)

    To see pipelines on the map, click on the "Visibility tab" on the upper-left-hand corner and select "Pipelines."

    More information on map and the data can be found on the Railroad Commission's website.

    Fire From Pipeline Explosion Expected to Burn Into Friday

    [DFW] Fire From Pipeline Explosion Expected to Burn Into Friday
    The fire from an LPG pipeline explosion that triggered the evacuation of the town of Milford on Thursday is expected to burn well into Friday, Ellis County officials said. (Published Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)

    Milford is a small town along Interstate 35E, northeast of Hillsboro in southern Ellis County. It is about 50 miles south of Dallas.

    NBC 5's Jeff Smith, Ray Villeda, Randy McIlwain, Amanda Guerra, Shane Allen and Eva Parks contributed to this report.

    Pipeline Fire Forces Small Town to Evacuate

    [DFW] Pipeline Fire Forces Small Town to Evacuate
    First up, three shots of the fire that followed a pipeline explosion in Milford on Nov. 14, 2013. Following that, Lt. James Saulter, with the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, provides an update on the emergency response to the explosion. (Published Thursday, Nov 14, 2013)