Fire crews contain gas leak

102 Avenue has reopened to traffic following a gas leak in the area earlier today.

Fort St. John fire crews responded to the third gas leak in the city in 24 hours earlier Friday morning, this one near the Hillcrest Village apartments being constructed along 102 Avenue.

Crews responded to the leak around 11 a.m., after an excavation machine hit a gas service line in a field next to the apartments, Capt. Curtis Redpath said.

Contractors were working on site services for the apartment complex, and the line had been marked, according to Redpath.

Emergency responders closed 102 avenue, which was reopened around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

“Hopefully we’ll be done with gas leaks for awhile,” said Redpath. “Bad stuff comes in threes.”

Crews responded to a gas leak just after noon Thursday when an excavation crew struck a line in a vacant lot next to the Wendys along the Alaska Highway frontage road. Crews there had marked the line, but struck an adjacent line they were not aware of.

A second leak happened Thursday evening around 7 p.m. at the old Ant Hill storage complex at 86 Street and the Alaska Highway, again caused by an excavation crew.

Both leaks were contained.