There was a report of an explosion and fire at a Consumers Energy natural gas compressor in Armada, MI, Wednesday.
Firefighters got the call at 11 a.m. for a loud noise and fire at 32 Mile and Omo in Armada.
There was a fire on the southwest corner of the Consumers facility, said Debra Dodd at Consumers Energy. The exact cause of the fire is unknown but Dodd said it is related to natural gas compressor equipment.
Dodd said the fire is under control and nobody was injured. She also said she was not aware of an explosion, despite the reports from area residents.
As a result of the incident and the cold temperatures griping the region, Consumers Energy requested customers’ reduce gas usage because of the hobbled gas compressor station.
“Consumers Energy greatly appreciates conservation efforts by all natural gas customers across Lower Michigan to assist with a supply issue on the company’s gas distribution network,” officials with the energy company said Thursday.
The news comes hours after the company’s top executive called on the company’s customers to cut usage after the Wednesday morning fire at its Ray Compressor Station.
“Repairs at our Ray Compressor Station are ongoing and the station is partially in service, providing natural gas to our distribution system,” company officials said in a statement. “However, we are asking that all customers continue to conserve until the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1, to allow for temperatures to moderate and additional repairs to the Ray Station.”