Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bad case of gas: KCK Fire Department responds to gas leak


Continuing its very busy middle of the week, the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department responded to a gas leak late Wednesday morning.

The fire department was dispatched to 72nd and Berger just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Two two-inch natural gas lines were hit while repairs were being made to a waterline in the area. The gas began to leak, forcing the evacuation of residents in the area.

Five homes were evacuated.

"Crews set up a safe perimeter and evacuated five homes within area of concern," said Craig Duke, KCK Fire Department Battalion Chief. "The gas company responded to scene and worked on capping the leaks. Command called for a city bus to provide shelter for the evacuees."

The lines were capped within an hour. An air quality test was done in the area to ensure the safety of those near the leak.

No one was injured.

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