April 21, 2014

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Updated 2:19 p.m. Homes evacuated after gas line ruptured

Columbia Gas workers dig to get access to a damaged gas main. Bruce Bishop

Columbia Gas workers dig to get access to a damaged gas main.
Bruce Bishop

Updated 2:19 p.m.

LORAIN — Residents were allowed to return to their homes at 12:10 p.m. today after Columbia Gas repaired a ruptured gas line.

The line, at 14th Street and Reid Avenue, was struck by a crew resurfacing the road at 10:29 a.m.  It was a larger line, and it was pumping enough gas out into the air to prompt firefighters to evacuate homes in a one-block area.

 

 

 

LORAIN –  A crew resurfacing a road near 14th Avenue and Reid Avenue ruptured a a high-pressure gas line, which spewed gas into the air and forced the evacuation of all homes within a one-block radius.

The incident happened Monday morning, and Columbia Gas officials were on the scene trying to repair the line at around 11:30 a.m. There was no timetable on how it may take to fix.

Assistant Lorain Fire Chief Roy Cochran said his crews could smell the gas in the equipment bay even before they left the station to respond to the call. He deemed the situation “very dangerous,” but noted that the evacuation and that the gas was dissipating in the air both were factors helping to lessen the danger.

“There’s quite a bit of gas spilling,” he said.