U.S. Markets closed

Precautionary evacuation ends after Ark. gas blast

CLINTON, Ark. (AP) -- A fire that followed a blast at a natural gas compression station in Van Buren County led to several dozen homes being evacuated for a time. No one was hurt.

A statement from BHP Billiton Petroleum says the fire started at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and was out by 2:15 p.m.

The gas company was able to remotely shut down the compressor and the flow of gas from nearby wells in Clinton.

Local authorities issued the evacuation order as a precaution and people were allowed to return home within an hour.

The company says it is investigating the incident.