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Virginia Avenue gas line ruptured

December 09, 2000

Virginia Avenue gas line ruptured



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Quick action by utility company crews averted the possible evacuation of hundreds of South End residents people from their homes following the rupture of a natural gas line along Virginia Avenue Saturday morning.

Columbia Gas crews worked for more than seven hours to repair the rupture after they rerouted and restored service to all but half a dozen customers.

The break occurred at 10:43 a.m. where Virginia Avenue meets the bridge at Wilson Boulevard, said Hagerstown Fire Capt. Brian Pile.

"When we first arrived, I was afraid a pocket of gas was going to build up under the bridge and then if there was an ignition it would go up," Pile said.

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The gas was dissipated continuously, and the residents of six homes who were initially evacuated were able to return to their homes after about six hours.

Roads were closed for several hours.

Pile said the break occurred when a company laying fiber optic cable broke through the line. Earlier, the same firm had broken a water line in the area.

"The company had lots of paperwork showing they had checked ahead as they are supposed to," Pile said. He was unable to explain what had gone wrong.

Antietam and South End fire company equipment and personnel stood by most of the day as repairs were made.

A check with Washington County's 911 Center at 6 p.m. revealed all was clear at the site.

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