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March 12, 2013 > Milpitas Fire Department Report

Milpitas Fire Department Report

Submitted By Milpitas FD

March 4
Construction crews using backhoes to trench a portion of South Main Street in Milpitas accidently damaged a 3" pressurized natural gas line. The escaping gas caused the Milpitas Fire Department to evacuate approximately 30 people from a nearby residential apartment building. Fire Department units conducted continuous atmospheric monitoring of areas around the lead to assure all persons within potential danger zones were evacuated to safe areas.

A portion of South Main Street was closed to through traffic. A portion of Union Pacific Railroad track adjacent to the lead area was closed to all trains. Pacific Gas & Electric crews were able to arrive at the incident and clamp the leading gas line within two hours.

The evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes after testing of the building interior revealed no evidence of natural gas accumulation.

All Milpitas Fire Department units returned to quarters by 3:45 p.m.

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