- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Energy companies will pay $18 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died in a flash fire at a natural gas station in Tyler County.

The settlement involves the April 2013 death of Bruce Phipps. Karen Phipps filed the lawsuit in Ohio County Circuit Court after her husband and two other workers were severely burned at the Eureka Hunter Pipeline facility in the town of Wick. The other workers survived.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (https://bit.ly/1N5ksHJ ) reports that officials believe the fire occurred when a vapor cloud formed at the station and ignited.

Besides his wife, Phipps also is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and three siblings. An annuity created by the settlement will benefit his survivors.

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Information from: Wheeling News-Register, https://www.news-register.net

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