The Fort St. John Fire Department was dispatched after the contractor contacted Pacific Northern Gas.
“We responded and quarantined off the area until PNG was able to dig up both sides of the gas line, crimp it off, and make it safe for everybody,” says Fort St. John firefighter Sean Murphy.
While nobody was injured as result of the accident, Murphy says firefighters remained on-scene to mitigate the risk it posed – such as a vehicle igniting a spark.
“There’s always an explosive risk and fire risk when there’s natural gas involved,” Murphy goes on to explain. “When there’s the initial release, we want to make sure that we find out which way the wind is going, and make sure that nobody goes into the area…driving a vehicle.”
PNG managed to secure the leak at 9:44 a.m. – approximately an hour after receiving the call.
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