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Four Airdrie households evacuate after gas-line rupture by construction crew

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by Journal Of Commerce

Residents of four homes in Airdrie, Alberta were evacuated after a main gas line was ruptured by construction crews.

The main gas line in Airdrie, Alberta was hit by a construction crew resulting in the evacuation of four houses.

On January 9, 2009, the eight-inch natural gas line had a hole in it the size of a toonie, after being hit by a backhoe.

ATCO shut the natural gas line down to make repairs and residents were forced from their homes for about 18 hours.

The incident could have been much worse as the gas line serves almost 2,500 homes.

Airdrie Emergency Services deployed 23 emergency services personnel to take care of the situation.

Seven Crossfield firefighters were brought in to help with other calls around the city.

Roads were sealed off and a hot zone was set up in the area.

Airdrie has been experiencing a rash of gas line hits over this past year, due to a construction boom.

However, this hit is the first of this magnitude for the city with a population of about 34,000, located just north of Calgary.

JOC News Service

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