Kelowna natural gas leak caused by tampering, possible theft of copper: FortisBC


A natural gas line to a business in Kelowna’s north end was tampered with, according to FortisBC, leading to a gas leak that prompted evacuations.

The Kelowna Fire Department and Fortis BC crews were called to the 700-block of Vaughn Avenue around 5 p.m. on Monday for a strong smell of gas.

“As a precaution we shut off the meter supplying gas to the building,” FortisBC corporate communications adviser Diana Sorace said.

Fire crews set up a perimeter between Richter Street and the B.C. Tree Fruits building during the investigation.

Employees at nearby businesses were told to stay inside their offices as a precaution.


READ MORE:
Mobile supervised consumption service receives 26,000 visits in Kelowna

The building where the smell of natural gas was coming from is vacant, according to Sorace.

“We investigated the cause and discovered that the lines had been tampered with, likely by someone attempting to steal the copper,” Sorace said.

The building was vented and deemed safe before 7 p.m.

“It is important to note that anyone who is concerned with their natural gas system, or who smell gas, should immediately call FortisBC, as they did in this case, at 1-800-663-9911,” she said.

While theft of copper from electrical lines is still an issue, Sorace said it is not that common on gas lines.


READ MORE:
More paramedics for the Okanagan

“This particular instance is under investigation with the RCMP,” she said.

“We monitor our system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and conduct regular leak surveys and inspections of natural gas mains, service lines, valves and meters throughout our system so the integrity of our system is of the highest standard as well as its level of safety,” Sorace said.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

[Prosperity]

Top Canadian News – Kelowna natural gas leak caused by tampering, possible theft of copper: FortisBC #News in #Canada

Headline News

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/topstories.xml” limit=”15″]

Canadian Headline News

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada.xml” limit=”20″]

British Columbia News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-britishcolumbia.xml” limit=”10″]

Kamloops News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-kamloops.xml” limit=”10″]

Calgary News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-calgary.xml” limit=”10″]

Edmonton News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-edmonton.xml” limit=”10″]

Saskatchewan News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-saskatchewan.xml” limit=”10″]

Saskatoon News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-saskatchewan.xml” limit=”10″]

Manitoba News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-manitoba.xml” limit=”10″]

Thunder Bay News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-thunderbay.xml” limit=”10″]

Sudbury News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-sudbury.xml” limit=”10″]

Windsor News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-windsor.xml” limit=”10″]

Kitchener-Waterloo News headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-kitchenerwaterloo.xml” limit=”10″]

Toronto News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-toronto.xml” limit=”10″]

Hamilton News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-hamiltonnews.xml” limit=”10″]

Ottawa News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-ottawa.xml” limit=”10″]

Montreal News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-montreal.xml” limit=”10″]

New Brunswick News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-newbrunswick.xml” limit=”10″]

Prince Edward Island News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-pei.xml” limit=”10″]

Nova Scotia News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-novascotia.xml” limit=”10″]

Newfoundland & Labrador News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-newfoundland.xml” limit=”10″]

North Canada News Headlines

[su_feed url=”http://rss.cbc.ca/lineup/canada-north.xml” limit=”10″]

You May Also Like