Damaged Gas Line Prompts Evacuation
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- Authorities are forced to evacuate a Fruita neighborhood on Monday, after a gas line is struck.
According to officials, a company that was widening South Pine Street hit the gas line shortly after 10 a.m.
Members of the Lower Valley Fire District responded to the scene, and as a precaution, energy crews had all residents within the 200-400 blocks of Pine Street evacuate and shut off their electricity.
This evacuation has since been lifted, but officials say the break had the potential of being dangerous because the gas line was 4 inches long.
“It does put out a lot of gas,” said Chief Frank Cavalier of Lower Valley Fire District. “Xcel Energy is extremely fast in getting on scene and they were able to get it secured in a relatively short time. I know that when people are disposed from their homes, they don’t really feel that way but Xcel Energy did a really good job in getting this shut off very quick.”
Authorities worked for hours to repair the gas line break and Xcel officials were also able to secure any threat to the surrounding sewer system.