Two Workers Hurt in Pulling Unit Fire near Wewoka

An investigation is underway after an explosion and fire injured two workers on a pulling unit over a well site near Wewoka on Monday.

The fire burned much of the rig and the two workers were rushed to local hospitals. One was medi-flighted, according to the Seminole County sheriff’s office.

The unit was at a site near Highway 270 and State Highway 56. The Seminole Fire department is the lead investigator in the incident.  OSHA might investigate for work safety issues.

The well servicing company was Mills Well Service of Seminole. The operator was identified as Lance Ruffle. 

The site wasn’t far from where 5 men were killed when a drilling rig exploded and burned near the Pittsburg County town of Quinton in January.

At least three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed over the gas rig explosion. Widows of Matthew Smith, Roger Cunningham and Parker Waldridge had gone to court.


 In terms of investigation as regards the fire and workplace, that’s up to the fire dept (it’s the lead agency in these instances)  and workplace safety folks (OHSA, Dept. of Labor). Our investigation is on the environmental side. Don’t have any word on environmental issues yet, nor the name of the well. Operator is Lance Ruffle.  Well service company was Mills Well Service out of Seminole.