Don Warnock, fire chief of Antrim Fire Department in Freeport, said his department received a call around 9:08 a.m. stating some employees with CHIPCO LLC of Zanesville were unconscious due to a poisonous gas leak at a well on Ginger Road.
crew arrived at the scene, Warnock
said two men were down near the well and two more had been badly affected by the gas.
"We knew before we even left that it was probably going to be hydrogen sulfide poisoning," Warnock
"We have a lot of these gas wells in eastern Guernsey County, and we deal with this sometimes.
We were prepared to deal with it today."
One man was declared dead at the Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge as a result of the gas leak and another was flown to a hospital in Columbus, Warnock
said, but he
did not have names or which hospital.
Three other men were treated at area hospitals and released, Warnock
"We know that most employees of these companies wear meters that can tell them if there is sour gas," Warnock
"From what we learned at the scene, the employees affected had meters on, but the gas just hit them so quickly, the meters didn't really have time to help them."
said the employees were attempting to close off a well when they got overpowered by the gas.
explained that the well was going to be flushed with water and that "kills the gas."
"But we are being told that one of the workers was immediately hit with the hydrogen sulfide and went straight down," Warnock
"Another worker went over to help him, but he
got overpowered too."
said most natural gas wells have the gas
"You can either die from it or be OK," Warnock
said there were no explosions at the scene and no firefighters were hurt.