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Fire at Cattaraugus County oil well fire extinguished, oil spill contained

Crews extinguished a fire at an oil well in Cattaraugus County Tuesday morning after a five-hour battle, and a resulting 150-gallon oil spill during the incident was contained, according to the Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services.

The fire was reported at 5:35 a.m. at an oil well near Flatstone Road and Chipmonk Road in the Town of Allegany, "reportedly owned by Vertical Energy," the Cattaraugus County OES said in a statement. Vertical Energy is a drilling company based in Sugar Grove, Pa.

The Allegany Fire Department responded to the fire, and was joined by Knapp Creek, Hinsdale, Limestone, Town of Olean and Weston Mills fire departments from New York, and Otto Township Fire Department from Pennsylvania. The fire was extinguished by 10:30 a.m., officials said.

Officials said that Incident Response and Mitigation Services was able to contain the spilled oil quickly and that on-scene units reported no threat to the Allegheny River or major water supplies as of late Tuesday morning.

Cattaraugus County EOS, the Cattaraugus County Health Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation Emergency Services remained at  the scene Tuesday afternoon for further investigation.

Other agencies responding to the incident included the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and State Department of Environmental Conservation Police. Officials said that state and county officials have all been updated on the event.

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