By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - State police have ruled out accidental causes of a fire at a natural gas compressor station in the Poconos owned by Columbia Pipeline Group.

The Pocono Record ( ) says a group opposed to the compressor, Stop the Milford Compressor Station, is claiming the company said the fire was started by a worker who left a welder plugged in.

But Columbia officials say that’s not true and a state police fire marshal has seconded the assessment that Saturday night’s fire was likely an arson.

Fire marshal John Chervanka says he has ruled out the welding torch as a possible cause, along with all other accidental causes.

Police and Columbia say the fire remains under investigation.

Nobody was hurt in the fire which caused $80,000 damage to a turbine motor skied and the building’s interior.


Information from: Pocono Record,

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