July 25, 2019/ Damaged Natural Gas Line/ AFD Response Details
AIRDRIE ALBERTA – Thursday, July 25,2019 at 4:23 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a damaged natural gas line located in the 300 Block of Coopers Drive SW.
When fire crews arrived on scene they determined that a work crew constructing a new school in the area had inadvertently damaged a natural gas line with a large piece of equipment.
Prior to the arrival of the fire department, forty workers had safely evacuated to their designated muster point. As a precaution firefighters temporarily evacuated thirty-one residences adjacent to the scene.
In order to ensure public safety, and allow response crews to complete their work, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement and RCMP officers cordoned off the affected area.
Firefighters secured a safe working perimeter to assist ATCO to isolate the break, and eventually stop the flow of gas. Approximately twenty minutes after the ATCO team arrived, the flow of gas was controlled and the scene stabilized.
Approximately one hour after the incident began, the area was deemed safe for evacuees to return to their homes. No residential utility services in the area were affected during this event.
There were no injuries to report. Three pieces of apparatus and nine firefighters were on scene.
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