Crews respond to gas leak near 108 street

UPDATE: Chief Fred Burrows with the Fort St. John Fire Department says that fire crews received the call of the leaking gas line at 10:35. Burrows says that the line that was hit is a 2” mainline that belongs to Pacific Northern Gas.

Fire crews evacuated the School Board maintenance office due to its proximity to the location of the leak, but that no other evacuations have been necessary and there is no risk to the public at large.

He added that crews will be onsite for several hours to repair the leaking gas line, and that 97th Ave. would be closed for several more hours this afternoon.

UPDATE #2: Pacific Northern Gas spokesperson Craig Sears says that PNG crews responded immediately to address a line hit where a local contractor was working and performing excavations in the parking lot of the school district maintenance department. During the excavation the contractor hit the line that was not recently located and no line location marks were visible to the operator.  The leak has been isolated and permenant repairs are in progress.  An estimated 4 customers were affected but should be returned to service this evening.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department is responding to a gas leak at the intersection of 97 avenue and 108 street in Fort St. John.

The leak has caused the northbound lanes of 108 street to be blocked and 97 avenue is closed in front of the School District Maintenance office.

Crews from PNG are on scene working to stop the leak.