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Eversource Gas, New Bedford Fire Department, Hazmat, respond to Church Street gas leak


“Earlier Thursday afternoon, Command Unit 1, Engine Co. 8, and Ladder Co. 4 responded to 262 Church Street to assist Eversource Gas with a carbon monoxide incident. On arrival, District Chief Shawn Sivil was informed by Eversource personnel that there was natural gas leaking into a two-family residence. NBFD and Eversource combustible gas meters confirmed the natural gas concentrations were quickly reaching the lower explosive threshold.

Fire crews set up ventilation fans to decrease the natural gas concentrations inside the building. Shutting off the gas service to the building did not stop the levels from increasing. Fire personnel evacuated two residents of the home and nearby residences. Electrical power to the building was shut off prior to gas concentrations entering the explosive range. Ventilation fans remained in use until Eversource was able to located and repair a nearby broken natural gas supply line. Nearby residences were also evacuated.

The Hazardous Materials Coordinator also responded with additional combustible gas meters which allowed crews to assess nearby buildings for the presence of natural gas. There were no injuries reported. NBPD and NBEMA also provided assistance.

Great work by everyone who responded. The NBFD has a strong working relationship with both Eversource Gas & Electric.”-New Bedford Fire Department.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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