Cause of huge gas line fire in suburban Detroit unknown

Watch: Massive blaze prompts evacuations in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Watch: Massive blaze prompts evacuations in Auburn Hills, Michigan

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the fire broke out in Orion Township, about 48 kilometres north of Detroit.

Generally, WDIV says, high-pressure gas main leaks don't cause fire because the pressure of the gas is too high.

"We had a rupture of a 22-inch diameter steel gas transmission line", said Roger Morgenstern, spokesperson for Consumers Energy. As of about 11:36 p.m., it appeared to have died down. The fire resulted from a gas line eruption.

Consumers says no customers had service interrupted because of the incident and no injuries were reported.

This video taken by onlooker Rebecca Sharpe showed the blaze burning near Brown and Joclyn roads.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office website, "The Sheriff's Operations Center supports all divisions of the Sheriff's Office and operates one of the largest law enforcement/medical/fire dispatch 911 centers in MI".

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's department, the Orion Township Fire Department and Consumer's Energy responded, shutting off the gas line causing the fire.

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