Task Force Completes 7th Street Explosion Report
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday the Grand Junction City Council will hear from a a special task force created to report on the March explosion that destroyed two homes.
The After Action Report (AAR) is created by the City of Grand Junction and intended to be an educational tool for improving the overall management and mitigation of emergency incidents.
The general direction of the 7th Street Natural Gas Leak Task Force was to evaluate this incident and document successes and areas for improvement for future incidents of this magnitude.
Some successes included excellent cooperation between all entities on scene, community support, no fatalities, no injuries to any workers on scene and the spread of fire was limited to three structures.
Common themes for improvement included incident command, operations, public communications, recovery and prevention.
The explosion happened March 19, 2013 after an intermediate pressure natural gas line was breeched, creating a gas leak that migrated into the surround, the sanitary sewer system and surrounding structures. Three houses were damaged by explosion and fire resulting in eight victims, three of which sustained burn and soft tissue injuries.