Three homes evacuated after contractor hits natural gas line, causes leak

Dominion Energy workers repair a broken gas line, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Three homes were evacuated Monday after a contractor accidentally hit a gas line on 605 E. Tabernacle St.

Dominion Energy received a call at around 10:15 a.m. from a contractor who reported they had hit a 2-inch plastic gas line while digging, Dominion Energy Media Relations Manager Darren Shepherd said.

Someone from a nearby business also called and reported they could smell a gas leak.

The St. George Fire Department isolated the area and closed a small portion of Tabernacle Street to traffic.

Dominion Energy workers repair a broken gas line in front of 605 Place, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

The damaged line was connected to around 40 unoccupied residences in the new Dixie State University student housing complex, 605 Place. Three adjacent homes were occupied, and the residents were evacuated.

The business was inspected and no gas was found. The leaking gas was nontoxic natural gas and was shut off at 12:15 p.m.

“The gas was just rising out of the hole and dissipating into the atmosphere. It’s lighter than air, so it just rises and dissipates,” Shepherd said.

After shutting off the gas, the road was reopened, and Dominion Energy employees began repairing the damaged line.

“This incident serves as a good reminder that anybody that does any kind of excavation work or digging should always call 811 before they dig,” Shepherd said. “I don’t want to imply that the contractor didn’t call, but it’s always a good reminder especially as we come onto spring.”

Email: mshoup@stgnews.com

Twitter: @STGnews | @MikaylaShoup

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1 Comment

  • mshaw January 28, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Bet he wished he called blue stakes

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