Calgary fire crews evacuate 12 homes in southwest due to damaged gas line
At approximately 10:45 on Thursday morning August 15, a natural gas line was struck during excavation at the 7000 block of 11 Avenue S.W. Arriving fire crews quickly set up a perimeter and started an evacuation of the immediate area. 12 homes with a total of nine people were displaced for several hours while the gas line was clamped by ATCO Gas. Calgary Police officers assisted with traffic control in the area.
No injuries were reported as a result of this call and ATCO is working on repairs to the gas line. ATCO also went door to door to ensure all gas appliances were restarted and that residual gas had dispersed.
The Calgary Fire Department reminds citizens to always request a utilities locate though Alberta One-Call. Whether you are landscaping, building a new fence or deck, or simply planting a garden, disturbing the ground on your property can cause damage to a buried utility. Some utilities are buried mere centimeters below the surface. The result of a contact with a buried line can range from loss of an essential service to serious injury or fatalities. For more information please http://albertaonecall.com/homeowners/