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Posted on: September 12, 2017

WFR Responds to 2 gas leaks, one causing a fire

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WFR crews responded to two separate gas leaks, resulting in one fire. At 5:10 pm on 9/12/17  Engine 3 responded to the new addition at PLH for a gas leak caused by a boring company cutting a gas line. The line was quickly shut down by Watertown Municipal Utilities and was no threat to the Hospital or Cancer Center. The second gas call was at 6:34 pm on 9/12/17 at 303 5th St SE. Upon arrival the tenants of the apartment stated that the stove was leaking gas from the gas line coming into it. Crews used monitoring equipment to determine the explosive limit in the kitchen area. The monitoring equipment alerted crews that the atmosphere was within explosive limits for a gas explosion to occur. When crews attempted to shut the gas line off to the stove, the gas reached the pilot light on the stove and caused a small gas explosion and subsequent gas fed fire on the stove top. Crews quickly suppressed the flames with a fire extinguisher and were able to shut the gas line off. Watertown Municipal Utilities were called to assure the gas was shut off to the stove and posed no further danger to the tenants. WFR used a positive pressure fan to clear the apartment of any lingering natural gas. Damage from the fire was limited to the stove, valued at approximately $300.

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