Gas customers lose service

December 12, 1997


Staff Writer

Gas service was disrupted for most of the day to more than 100 homes in the Virginia Avenue area of Hagerstown Thursday, Columbia Gas officials said.

Steve Halvonik, a spokesman for the company, said service to 102 customers was interrupted when workers who were replacing a gas main along Virginia Avenue developed a problem with the connection.

Jeanie Owens, area manager in Hagerstown, said there was a break in the main that the map did not indicate. The gas automatically shut off at about 8:45 a.m., she said.


Owens said Columbia Gas workers had to turn off power at each customer's meter.

The affected area included homes on Virginia Avenue, Armstrong Avenue, Marion Street, Pinecrest Avenue and Moller Avenue, Owens said.

"We've been calling all our customers," she said.

All meters were turned off by about 3:25 p.m., and workers tied in the new main, Owens said. After airing out the line, workers re-gassed it, she said.

Workers then had to go door-to-door relighting the pilots. Service had been restored to 95 customers Thursday night. Of the remaining customers, three were businesses and four were residences where no one was home. Halvonik said cards were left at those addresses containing a service number.

Because of relatively mild temperatures, some customers who lost service said Thursday's work caused only a minor inconvenience.

"We didn't know about it until we went to cook dinner," said Marion Street resident Richard Harbaugh. "They were coming up to the door (to restore service) as we found out."

Genie Vincent, who lives on Armstrong Avenue, said she and her husband use gas only for their fireplace. She said she also has a gas dryer but usually uses the one powered by electricity.

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