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Some in Jacksboro have heat again; warming centers still open

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Heat has been restored to some of the hundreds of people living without it in Jacksboro, northwest of Fort Worth.

Problems with a gas line Thursday forced a company to cut service to the entire city.

Texas Gas Services says liquids entered its natural gas system from a supplier. That can cause pressure to build up inside the pipeline, so as a safety precaution, they shut it down.

The issue began with one customer, who complained that his gas service was turning on and off again.

Crews began to investigate and eventually found the problem.

Workers have been working around the clock to restore gas service, said Jacksboro City Manager, Mike Smith.

Smith said there is no estimated time regarding when service will be back to everyone and that crews have run into a couple of issues while trying to restore service; like some liquid still in the lines and some residents not being home.

Warming stations will remain open until everyone has heat again, Smith said.

Becky Fite is one of 1,200 hundred customers who lost their natural gas service.

"We have two small space heaters that aren't spacing very well," she said.

Temperatures in Jacksboro dipped into the teens Thursday.

For facilities like nursing homes, Texas Gas Service will bring in CNG trucks to at least keep the heaters working.

Many downtown businesses are closed, including restaurants.

Schools dismissed early and will be closed Friday, and at the entrance to city hall, a notice was posted.

Residents like Luke Bodey have furnaces fueled by heat, and have been indoors all day.

"And that's all gone," said Bodey. "We don't know exactly what took place. Nobody's informed us of anything, just, we don't have gas."

The city is urging caution to residents using space heaters, and the fire department is on standby just in case.

Meanwhile, folks will hunker down, bundle up and try to make the best of the situation.

Warming stations for those in need of heat can be found at the following:

Jack County Fair Barn & Twin Lakes Activity Center
1114 St. Hwy 59

FNB Scarbrough Center
203 S. Main Street

Anyone who needs help getting to the warming centers for free can call Sharp Van Lines at 1-800-633-0852.

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