GAS LEAK AT RE­TIRE­MENT VIL­LAGE

EX­CA­VA­TOR HITS GAS MAIN AT LIFE­STYLE VIL­LAGES

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Hay­den Thom­son

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.

Pic­tures: Ray Sizer

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.

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