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No customers to lose service due to Springfield Twp. gas leak

Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 3:15 PM

2,800 lose gas after leak

UPDATE @ 1:10 a.m. (Oct. 13):

Columbia Gas of Ohio customers will not lose gas service stemming from repair work in the area of Columbus Avenue and Burnett Road, said Dave Rau, communications manager.

It initially appeared an outage would be necessary, but crews were able to make repairs to the gas system while maintaining service to customers, Rau said.

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UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: Gas service will be shut off for approximately 2,800 customers after a gas leak this afternoon sent two contract workers to a local hospital, said Dave Rau, communications manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio.

A contract company was working to relocate a gas line for the utility on Columbus Avenue east of Burnett Road when a problem occurred, Rau said.

In order the shut off the gas flow and make repairs, the utility needs to shut down the gas system in the area.

“We do not know how long it will take to restore service, but we anticipate work will continue through the evening,” Rau said.

Columbia Gas of Ohio said it must visit each customer inside the home or business to perform a safety inspection and relight appliances.

Customers are asked to note the following:

  • We need inside access to every affected home or business.
  • An adult must be present for employees to restore service.
  • If you leave, please leave your contact information with your neighbor or on your door.
  • Keep your porch light on.
  • Our employees and contractors carry photo ID and will be happy to show it on request.
  • Watch for updates at ColumbiaGasOhio.com and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: Two contract workers were taken to a local hospital this afternoon after “something went wrong” when a crew was doing work for Columbia Gas of Ohio, said Dave Rau, communications manager with the utility.

The two workers were part of a larger crew, and their injuries are believed to not be serious, Rau said.

The gas leak was outside east of the railroad tracks in the area of the 2700 block of Columbus Avenue and did not require any evacuations or lead customers to lose service. Details as to what actually happened to cause the gas leak is unknown at this time.

“Our focus right now is on making the situation safe, shutting off the gas,” Rau said.

Columbia Gas crews will need to dig up gas lines nearby to shut off the gas. This process will take about two hours, Rau said.

UPDATE @ 4:19 p.m.: Crews with Columbia Gas of Ohio are working to shut off the source of “blowing gas” in the vicinity of Columbus Avenue and North Burnett Road, said Dave Rau, communications manager with the utility.

Rau said he has no timeline for when the gas might be shut off.

“The crews at the scene, their first priority is to make the situation safe,” he said.

According to Clark County Sheriff’s Dispatch, there has been no evacuation of any areas surrounding a building in the 2700 block of Columbia Avenue.

Medics are on scene, evaluating, and no one is believed to have been taken to a hospital, according to a dispatcher.

FIRST REPORT

Crews are responding to a reported gas leak involving two people suffering injuries in the 2700 block of Columbus Avenue in Springfield Twp.

Authorities were notified of the incident and responded shortly after 3 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out what happened.

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