Gas Leak Investigation Continues, Details Emerge
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The incidents surrounding the puncture of an allegedly unmarked gas line that led to a house explosion remain under investigation.
Officials with the Mesa County Joint Information Center say multiple agencies are performing simultaneous investigations, including the city of Grand Junction, Xcel Energy and various insurance companies.
The JIC says the first 911 call came in at 11:54 a.m. March 19, from an employee of the company drilling into the ground for the construction of a traffic signal.
Officials say during that drilling, a gas line was clipped.
A crew member with Grand Valley Traffic Control, who responded to the scene of the explosion, told NewsChannel 5 that the gas line in question was not marked. JIC officials have not confirmed that claim.
Police say the explosion took place at 12:48 p.m., about one hour after the original incident was reported.
The home that exploded was six properties away from the source of the gas leak.
Officials say timelines and information from the numerous parties involved are still being collected and the investigation is ongoing.
There is no word on if any entity involved will be facing charges of any kind and no criminal nor civil investigation has been opened as of yet.