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PSNC Energy: Pipeline damaged in 2003 caused explosion, fire in Enka

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ENKA, NC (FOX Carolina) -

PSNC Energy released their preliminary findings after a gas line ruptured and exploded in Enka, NC, on Jan. 10.

According to PSNC's vice president of gas operations George Ratchford, the 12-inch pipeline was damaged during the installation of a smaller, plastic distribution line in 2003. The damage ultimately led to Friday's explosion and fire, Ratchford said.

"We use ground patrols to perform leak surveys on the entirety of our transmission pipeline system," Ratchford said in a press release. "This particular section is inspected twice a year, most recently in September 2013. There was no prior evidence of a leak at this location."

The company said they did not know what caused the gas to ignite.

PSNC Energy said they will begin working to replace a 1,000-foot section of pipeline that runs parallel to the distribution line installed in 2003. They said the replacement should take 2 to 4 weeks. The company said the replacement would not affect customers, and would minimally interrupt traffic in the Sandhill Road area.

The company said nearly 700 customers temporary lost natural gas service due to initial repair work. They said almost all customers had gas restored early on Monday.

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