by Channel 2 News staff
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Point MacKenzie, Alaska – A maintenance building at a natural gas plant on Point MacKenzie, across Knik Arm from Anchorage, exploded just before 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
The 60-foot by 30-foot building burned to the ground, but no one was injured, Dennis Brodigan, Mat-Su director of emergency services, said. Mat-Su Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan said there were three explosions at the facility.
The building was used to house empty gas tanks. In the explosion, the roof and walls were blown off with debris landing 40 to 50 feet away.
The Fairbanks Natural Gas plant feeds trucks bound for Fairbanks delivery, where a small percentage of homes are heated with gas.