June 10, 2019/ Damaged Gas Line/ AFD Response Details
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Mon., June 10, 2019 at 5:38 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a damaged gas line located in a construction area at Main Street and 1 Avenue NE.
Fire crews and ATCO arrived on scene to quickly determine that a contractor working in the area had inadvertently struck and damaged a natural gas supply line with a piece of excavation equipment.
As a precaution approximately 35 businesses in the area were temporarily evacuated. Firefighters secured a two-block safety perimeter as ATCO worked to safely turn off the gas in the area.
Approximately four hours after the incident occurred the damaged line was isolated, the flow of gas controlled and required repairs initiated.
The area was then reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Businesses were scheduled to reopen on Tuesday morning.
There were no injuries to report. Five pieces of fire apparatus and thirteen firefighters were on scene.
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