GAS LEAK AT RETIREMENT VILLAGE
EXCAVATOR HITS GAS MAIN AT LIFESTYLE VILLAGES
An excavator driver doing earthworks at Lifestyle Villages in Shepparton hit a gas main yesterday about 2.45 pm, forcing 20 properties to be evacuated.
‘‘The work place accident . . . created a vapour cloud . . . that moved in the properties, so we evacuated 20 houses — (luckily) only five people were home,’’ CFA incident controller Rod Railton said.
‘‘The gas and fuel company were notified, assessed the scene . . . to crimp off three gas lines before the site (was) rendered safe.’’
The News understands the area was declared safe at 6 pm.
‘‘The risk (is) any ignition sources in the area which could ignite the gas causing a large explosion and a severe fire,’’ Mr Railton said.
‘‘We (were) monitoring the area to ensure that (didn’t) happen.’’
Ambulance Victoria paramedics attended the scene as a precaution and police helped manage traffic at the scene.
Managing the area: A CFA member taking gas readings near the scene at Lifestyle Villages yesterday afternoon.
My bad: Two CFA members assess the source of the scene where an excavator hit a gas main.