Huge gas line fire forces evacuations in suburban Detroit

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ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - (11/21/2017) - Authorities in suburban Detroit say evacuations remain in effect following a massive gas line fire.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says fire broke out Monday night in Orion Township, about 30 miles north of Detroit. Township Fire Chief John Pender says the blaze occurred on vacant land.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the fire eventually burned itself out. Video posted on Facebook by police in nearby Auburn Hills showed flames shooting several dozen feet into the night sky.

Morgenstern said the blaze occurred after a gas transmission line ruptured, but the specific cause of the fire is unknown.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the office's phone lines, including 911, are down as a result of the fire. Bouchard said no injuries have been reported.

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