March 13, 2015 – Gas Leak - AFD Response

March 16, 2015/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, March 13, 2015, at 1:27 p.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of gas leak located in the 200 Block of East Lake Road NE.

Fire crews arrived to find the gas company already on scene. They had determined that an excavator working in the area had damaged a 6”natural gas line.

Firefighters quickly cordoned off the immediate area and began the evacuation of staff in four large, commercial buildings which were in close proximity of the scene. All evacuations were completed without incident.

To support the safety of gas company workers, firefighters established a water supply and stood by for approximately 30 minutes with charged lines until the flow of product had been controlled and the scene declared safe.

Air quality readings were completed in the affected area and once deemed acceptable and safe all evacuees were allowed to return to work.

There were no injuries to report.

Four pieces of apparatus and twelve firefighters were on scene.

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