Nobody hurt in Central Texas natural gas pipeline fire

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Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a natural gas pipeline fire in Central Texas in an early-morning blaze that could be seen for several miles.

The Burleson County Sheriff's Office says nobody was hurt in the fire reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a rural site near Somerville, about 90 miles (144 kilometers) east of Austin.

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The line is operated by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the affected section of pipeline was quickly shut and the fire safely burned itself out by Wednesday afternoon.

Granado says company officials are assessing the site and will make repairs. She says gas has been rerouted so there's been minimal impact to deliveries.

Deputies closed a nearby road for several hours, as a precaution.