January 30, 2015 – Gas Line Damaged - AFD Response Details

January 30, 2015 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, January 30, at 8:17 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of gas leak located in large, multi-bay commercial complex located on East Lake Boulevard NE.

Fire crews arrived at the scene and quickly determined that a work crew had inadvertently damaged a 1 ¼” natural gas line located inside a vacant bay which was being renovated. Prior to the arrival of both the fire department and the gas company, workman had applied a temporary clamp to the line in order to constrict the flow of gas.

As a precaution, approximately 12 workers and customers in the adjacent businesses were temporarily evacuated to a safe location. Firefighters then secured a safe working perimeter and assisted the gas company to isolate the break, and stop the flow of gas.

Once the situation was brought completely under control fire crews completed air monitoring in all bays that may have been exposed. The air quality reading was completed and once deemed acceptable and safe, all evacuees were allowed to return.

There were no injuries to report.

Four pieces of apparatus and 11 firefighters were on scene.

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