Anadarko disconnects all 1-inch lines after Firestone home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — Anadarko Petroleum said it is disconnecting all 1-inch diameter natural gas flow lines from more than 3,000 vertical wells in Colorado after a deadly home explosion and fire last month in Firestone. It’s the same type of pipe that carried odorless gas that fueled the explosion that killed two men and critically injured […]

Neighbor, construction workers rushed to save woman after house explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — Two days after an explosion leveled a home in Firestone, killing two people and critically injuring one, investigators are still trying to determine a cause. Friends said the bodies of Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joey Irwin were found in the rubble of the home Tuesday. Martinez’s wife Erin remains hospitalized. It […]

Anadarko donations to Colorado politicians in spotlight ahead of key vote

DENVER — The Colorado General Assembly is expected to advance legislation Monday to the State Senate in response to a deadly Firestone home explosion linked to the oil and gas industry. The cause was determined last week to be a cut flow line near the home. The measure, proposed by Reps. Mike Foote and Steve Lebsock, […]

Lawsuit filed after deadly home explosion in Firestone

FIRESTONE, Colo. — A lawsuit has been filed against Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, Hearth at Oak Meadows and another company after the deadly home explosion and fire in Firestone last month. The lawsuit was filed by Denver-based Boesen Law Firm. The explosion and fire on April 17 killed two men and left one woman with critical […]

Firestone explosion victim honored for dedication as girls softball coach

FIRESTONE, Colo. — An emotional ceremony was held Monday at a Firestone sports complex to honor victims of last month’s deadly home explosion. Joey Irwin was killed in the blast along with his brother-in-law, Mark Martinez, who coached girls softball. Martinez was remembered after a softball game. His parents, sister and daughter received his jersey during the […]

Coroner identifies men killed in Firestone house explosion, fire

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The two men who were killed in a house explosion and fire in Firestone on Monday have been identified. The bodies of Mark Joseph Martinez, 42 of Firestone, and Joseph William Irwin III, 42 of Frederick, were found in the rubble of the home on Tuesday by search crews. “Autopsies have […]

2 injured in Firestone home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — Firefighters battled a large house fire after an explosion on Monday afternoon sent at least two people to a hospital, the Frederick Firestone Fire Protection District said. It happened around 4:45 p.m. in the 6300 block of Twilight Avenue near Colorado and Firestone boulevards. The explosion was so intense, it leveled the […]

Anadarko Petroleum closing 3,000 wells in Colorado after deadly home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — Anadarko Petroleum announced Wednesday it is closing 3,000 vertical wells in northeastern Colorado after the deadly explosion and fire at a home in Firestone. The explosion on April 17 killed two men, Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joey Irwin. Mark Martinez’s wife, Erin, was seriously injured in the explosion in the 6300 block […]

Lawsuits expected to be filed in wake of Firestone home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — Several weeks have passed since a deadly home explosion and fire in Firestone, but the fallout from what happened is starting to heat up. Several lawyers have descended on Colorado, planning to take Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, homebuilders and developers to task. “I think we’ll file a suit before we leave Colorado […]

NTSB investigating pipelines as part of fatal Firestone home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. — The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the April 17 home explosion and fire in Firestone that killed two men. The explosion was caused by gas that entered the home through a cut, abandoned flow line from a well, investigators said. Spokesman Keith Holloway said the agency will look to see […]

Anadarko plans to restart most wells shut down after deadly Firestone home explosion

DENVER — Anadarko Petroleum said it plans to restart more than 3,000 vertical wells that were shut off after the deadly house explosion in Firestone in April. The company disconnected all 1-inch diameter natural gas flow lines from more than 3,000 vertical wells in Colorado shortly after the explosion. But Anadarko said all of its wells have […]

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