Fire at Eunice, New Mexico Gas Plant

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

EUNICE, N.M.- A fire started inside a compressor station at a Versado Gas Processors plant operated by Targa Midstream Services on Main Street in Eunice.

"About 11:30 or so we were sitting in city hall, and we felt a mild explosion, and then fire departments alarms went off," said Eunice Mayor Matt White, of the blast, "The first thing we did when we got on site is setup a perimeter, and started moving people out. We evacuated about four blocks around the site. There was a small church, and a small school there, we evacuated those as quickly as we could."

Three employees inside the plant also got out safely. No one was injured.

"It was loud, I really thought the guys in the back of the yard had dropped something," said Melissa Holland who lives in Eunice.

In a town of less than three thousand, the fire hit a little too close to home.

"My step dad works in there, but I didn't believe it, I got worried I called my mom you know," said Carlos Conner who lives a block away from the plant.

"Anytime you have plants, and pipe lines in town, it kind of scares you," said Holland.

Targa denies there was an explosion, now the Eunice Fire Department will help determined what caused the fire.