Gas Line Break in Spokane Valley - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Gas Line Break In Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPT. PRESS RELEASE: On Monday units from the Spokane Valley Fire Department were dispatched to the corner of Boone Ave and Greenacres Road in the Spokane Valley at approx 1:00 PM after a reported ruptured natural gas line. A construction company was installing new sewer lines when a track hoe hit a two inch line. Two homes in the immediate area were evacuated, and the scene was secured until representatives from Avista's emergency response team arrived.

With the help of the fire department technical rescue team, the fifteen foot ditch was shored up so that an Avista natural gas technician could be lowered into the hole to clamp the line shut. Although the scent of natural gas could be smelled for a few blocks north of the accident, the gas dissipated rapidly. At this time there are no reported injuries to civilians or the responders.

It took 20 firefighters along with the Avista response team approx 90 minutes to control the leak. It was not known at this time how long it will take Avista to repair the line and have gas service returned to the area.

We remind residents if you have a natural gas appliance in your home, to have a natural/combustible gas detector in your home. These detectors work much like smoke detectors except that they are not placed on the ceilings but rather a few feet from the floor and are available at most home improvement/hardware stores.

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